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Crabby old man

What do you see nurses?.....................What do you see?

What are you thinking...........................when you're looking at me?

A crabby 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 a 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 am a small child of Ten.......................with a father and mother.

Brothers and sisters .............................who love one another

A young boy of Sixteen....................... .with wings at 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 will last

At Forty my young ones.........................have grown and are gone

But my woman's 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 to the future...................................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.

Tis jest to make old age...........................look like a fool.

The body it crumbles................................grace and vigour depart

There now is a stone..................................where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass........................a young guy still dwells

And now and again...................................my battered heart swells

I remember the joys..................................I remenber the pain.

And I'm loving and living.......................... life over again.

I think of the years, all to few....................gone too fast.

And accept the stark fact......................... that nothing can last.

So open your eyes ,people.......................open and see

Not a crabby old man......Look closer........see ME

***********************************************************************************************************Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush beside

WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE YOUNG SOUL WITHIN

We will all one day,be there too!

Richard Cornish

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23 Replies

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  • This is sooooooooooo True x

  • A voice in the wilderness !

  • That's a lovely poem.

  • I can think of nothing better!

  • It is lovely puff, you're right, I recognise myself, except I'm not dribbling to much at the moment!! It's sort of heartwarming and sad at the same time. Thanks for that KingoftheCockatiels (you will always be that name for me now, sorry!)

  • An 'Unchained melody'

  • This made me cry. Old age and illnesses are inevitable for everyone, but I still thank my lucky stars, even though we are going through a bad patch with my husbands illness, that we have lived to see our children grow up, have children of their own and know they are comfortably settled in their own homes. My sister died of cancer at 47 years and never saw her daughter get married and have children, so whatever life is throwing at us and I do moan and groan about it, we have a lot to be thankful for, because as ill as my husband is, he still sees our sons, daughters-in-law and our three grandchildren every week, and he has me to look after him, a lot of people with this illness are on their own and rely on nurses popping in to care for them.

    All the health professionals are doing as much as they can for us and we could not be better looked after.

    So I am going to keep my chin up and stop feeling sorry for myself and get on with it.

  • Sing a song of freedom

  • KOTC -- I found this so emotive and moving. I felt sad but it is how life turns out. I was looking at my wedding photo only today and couldn't believe how young I looked. But that is life! Wouldn't be good if all of us in the forum could get together and really meet other!! Perfectly true that the brain feels younger than the body.

  • I can think of nothing better!

  • Beautiful, sad, true and o so real. Memories a million memories!

  • Sweet,sweet the memories

  • Tell us, King!

  • This has been around for many years - it was given to us as part of some training I had when working in an old folks home in 1984; I hopeyou like the reply, too:

    The Nurse's reply -

    What do we see, you ask, what do we see?

    Yes, we are thinking when looking at thee!

    We may seem to be hard when we hurry and fuss,

    But there's many of you, and too few of us.

    We would like far more time to sit by you and talk,

    To bath you and feed you and help you to walk.

    To hear of your lives and the things you have done;

    Your childhood, your husband, your daughter, your son.

    But time is against us, there's too much to do -

    Patients too many, and nurses too few.

    We grieve when we see you so sad and alone,

    With nobody near you, no friends of your own.

    We feel all your pain, and know of your fear

    That nobody cares now your end is so near.

    But nurses are people with feelings as well,

    And when we're together you'll often hear tell

    Of the dearest old Gran in the very end bed,

    And the lovely old Dad, and the things that he said,

    We speak with compassion and love, and feel sad

    When we think of your lives and the joy that you've had,

    When the time has arrived for you to depart,

    You leave us behind with an ache in our heart.

    When you sleep the long sleep, no more worry or care,

    There are other old people, and we must be there.

    So please understand if we hurry and fuss -

    There are many of you,

    And so few of us.

    Gill

  • emmo

    Thank you both for making us pause and think

  • Blue turns to grey!

  • Day by day!

  • simply brilllent bob

  • Fire and rain!

  • Lovely poem and has left me with a tear or two in my eyes. xxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Sing a song of freedom!

  • that's absolutely brilliant everyone should read that. its true. some think because your old you know nothing and feel nothing, don't think it applies to nurses as much as other people you have have to deal with, lots of them think your brain dead even if you have qualifications and experience way above them , my thoughts after a visit from a engineer the other day..

    ah well grit your teeth carry on

    you can put things right when they are gone

    a pipe that was long enough to do your chore

    cut up into pieces you can use no more

    a new pipe installed twice as thick

    twice as heavy , makes you sick

    only half as long and then you ask

    how do i reach that distant task

    whose brain decided change was needed

    when its done its job year on year

    who do they employ that do these things

    and THEY think we are queer

    breath easy and hide your pipe away he may call to change it sometime today

  • We say yeah!

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