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Lexxigramer
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posted August 27, 2013 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

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Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!


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Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!

PLEASE SHARE THIS POEM!
The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart!

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therefore I am immortal
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My Lexigramming Biography/over 1/2 a century to date Lexigramming

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posted September 02, 2013 01:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for charmainec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted September 24, 2013 04:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bethbabe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
this is such an inspirational and beautiful thread

thank you for bringing tears to my face and making me feel human again

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posted September 24, 2013 05:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
charmaine Thank you.

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posted September 24, 2013 05:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're welcome bethbabe

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posted December 12, 2015 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Merry Christmas

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posted December 13, 2015 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Valentine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is beautiful, I will share it, thanks Lexx.

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posted December 14, 2015 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Valentine:
That is beautiful, I will share it, thanks Lexx.
Thank you Valentine.
Happy holidays to you!

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posted December 14, 2015 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by juniperb:
Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas!

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posted December 14, 2015 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Randall:


Thank you for the bump!
Happy holidays to you too!

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posted December 15, 2015 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Valentine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas to you too Lexx

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posted December 17, 2015 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Holidays to all!

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posted December 18, 2015 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ho ho hope it's a good one.

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posted December 19, 2015 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One week till Christmas!

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posted December 22, 2015 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Three more days!

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posted December 23, 2015 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two!

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Today!

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posted December 26, 2015 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Till next year.

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