The Old Lady

by Sylvia   Mar 2, 2009


I've watched the old lady over the years,
where she was once young, stood proud and tall,
she now walks stooped over,
as if the weight of the world is on her shoulders.

The hair is gray, the skin is wrinkled,
the twinkle in her eyes has diminished.
Life has taken its toll on her
and dreams she once had are gone,
replaced by the realities of life.

There are aches and pains that come with age,
yet she never gives up.
Each day is a struggle now,
but she gives thanks to God
for another day on His earth.

Her mind and memory haven't suffered,
still as sharp and clear as ever.
It is difficult for her to accept physical limitations,
because she finally has to acknowledge,
she can no longer do the things she once did.

She is a survivor and I know her well.
You see, I only have to look in the
mirror to know, the old lady is me.

Copyright © 2009 Sylvia All Rights Reserved

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  • I see my comment I posted on March 2nd of 2009 has come true, you have only gotten better with age ..... :-)...5/5.... Jim

  • 8 years ago

    by Daniel Rutter

    This is just great. I agree with the member below... The elderly don't receive the respect that they've well and truly earnt. My best friend is 88 years old and has taught me more about life than anyone else.
    rated 5/5... you've got talent.

  • 8 years ago

    by Courageous Dreamer

    Your first two stanzas were wonderfully written, very sad however.. but then I read this line...

    "There are aches and pains that come with age,
    yet she never gives up."
    `What a great line, "yet she never gives up" that shows what a strong person this woman is and no matter what she wont give up, regardless of how difficult things are.

    "Her mind and memory haven't suffered,
    still as sharp and clear as ever."
    `I liked how you are pointing out things that arent as bad.. there can be bad things but good things as well in life. :]

    "It is difficult for her to accept physical limitations,
    because she finally has to acknowledge,
    she can no longer do the things she once did."
    `Written with sadness, yet.. life is life.. and we just have to keep going no matter how difficult things are..

    "She is a survivor and I know her well.
    You see, I only have to look in the
    mirror to know, the old lady is me."
    `When I reached this ending, it gave me the chills.. but youve done so well with this piece and writing about someone you know well, who is yourself.. but I must say you have proved to be such a smart, strong woman who faces challenges in her life.. but she just keeps going.. and doesnt give up.. thats a good quality to have, never giving up and just accepting reality.

    :]

    Well done Sylvia.. sad write but you are such a strong woman.

    5/5.

  • 8 years ago

    by Countess of Monte Cristo

    This really is a masterpiece. How often do we come up with imaginative characters, only to know that they are none other than ourselves. Walah.

  • 8 years ago

    by Meena Krish

    Life just seems to go on & we think we have it
    all until age catches up with us..This is sad yet it is reality. I like the touch of life in this
    write..keep on going!