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Post  Dan on Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:13 am

Saw this on fuckbook facebook....


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.

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 vigor, 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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Post  Tortoise on Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:23 am

How true Dan, how true
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Post  Alan Bstard on Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:53 pm

My mother-in-law is 92 and had a stroke 2 years ago. In a nursing home, will never recover and they treat her like she's gaga as she can't comunicate properly. In fact, for £800 per week (YES £800 per fucking WEEK), they get treated like shit.

Grandfather is 86 and has just given up driving and his home.He's the last one of my grandparents. He's getting ready.

That poem just made me bawl my eyes out.
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Post  Dan on Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:00 am

I feel it too mate, really moves you stuff like this as you get older.


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Post  Alan Bstard on Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:54 am

Not a good day today. M.I. Law dies this morning between 8.10 and 9am. Probably won't be around for a while
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Post  Dan on Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:39 pm

Alan Bstard wrote:Not a good day today. M.I. Law dies this morning between 8.10 and 9am. Probably won't be around for a while

Damn man, so sorry to hear this.

Take care mate.


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Post  daver on Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:42 am

That poem is one of the best things i've read for a while > Nice find Dan
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Post  daver on Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:43 am

Alan Bstard wrote:Not a good day today. M.I. Law dies this morning between 8.10 and 9am. Probably won't be around for a while




Just seen this. Sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to you and your family
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