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In old age…

re-tire me,
lose me,
in rubber sea,
cannot move,
cannot be,
my destiny,
discarded be,
on scrap-heap’s floor,
cast adrift
as toxic waste,
of use no more,
though far I traveled,
certain-gripped,
the shiny road,
before I slipped…

copyright Niamh Clune 2012

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About niamh clune

I was born in Dublin, back in the days when it was full of poets, mystics, philanderers, drinkers, passionate speech-makers and wanna-be-Joyceans. Dublin was enshrouded then in a pall of Catholicism ~ Church and State were like Siamese Twins. I was a rebel ~ in the sense that I couldn't help but think for myself. There were Maoists, musicians and academics all trying to do the same. Gatherings were frenetic, passionate, yet often tempered by some of the gentle 'aul' folk not made bigots by religion or politics but liberated by both into realising the gentle and constant passing of all things. They were of my grand-parent's generation, sweet breaths of peat-soaked air, demonstrative of the tremendous inner peace and calm that comes from knowing who you are and where you come from. These days, I am a writer, poet, environmental campaigner, and musician ~ among other things. I gained a Ph.D in Acquiring Wisdom Through The Imagination, and I love teaching and sharing my inspiration. These days, I am also writing children's books. I believe that reading to little ones, even before they can understand words, teaches them to associate books with love and affection. Find my books on my page.

12 comments on “In old age…

  1. Betty Dravis
    November 15, 2012

    Deep meaning and much food for thought in this poem, Niamh. I fear this is true in many situations…and we often don’t take care of our young properly either…depends on the individuals and their lifestyles. God bless us all. <3

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  2. the secret keeper
    November 15, 2012

    If you loved your parents, it would be great to go back to the days when extended families lived together. My grandfather came to live with us when my grandmother died. I loved having him live with us. He was the most loving member in tthe whole house. It seemed natural to me to have him there. Nursing homes or places that store the elderly seem barbaric. Unless someone is beyond reachable mentally or physically in need of constant health care it is a wonderful things to have loved ones together. My grandmother died the day she was told she would be moved from the hospital to a nursing. She was in a state of recovery and didn’t need such care. She vowed that she would never go into one of those places. So after being told this she just gave up and she died that day. It wasn’t suppose to happen that way. If they just let her go home I’m sure that she would have been okay. But her son and daughter turned her away and I feel it broke her heart and her spirit. That’s what is being done to the older senior citizens today. They are being thrown away. If my grandmother were alive today she would definitely be living with me. I love her still to this day and would never throw her away. She was too valuable to me as a grandmother and person who was vital and had great energy. I wish that I could share my life with my new family. And I think she would be thrilled living with my partner and me and all our animal family. j.k.

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    • the secret keeper
      November 15, 2012

      That is suppose to say “I wish she could her life with me and my partner and animal family. What a gift that would be.” j.k

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    • ontheplumtree
      November 15, 2012

      Thank you, Jennifer for your touching comment. Yes! It does break your heart and your spirit to end your life without a home, and without those you love.

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  3. baubo60
    November 15, 2012

    These words represent my feelings at present, and I’m ‘only’ 60! And ready for life!

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    • ontheplumtree
      November 15, 2012

      I am also 60 and ready for life! Thank you for your comment.

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  4. thiskidreviewsbooks
    November 15, 2012

    Care for the Old
    By Erik

    Our elders must be
    Taken care of greatly.

    Clean their bed,
    Cook their food,

    Help their needs,
    Love them with a whole heart.

    Talk with them,
    Read to them.

    Listen to them.
    Learn from them.

    If you don’t,
    What about the next generations?

    —-
    My great-grandfather is 94. He lives with my grandparents and we are staying with them too right now because we are building a new house. I talk to him a lot. He has a lot of good stories. :)

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    • ontheplumtree
      November 15, 2012

      Sweet, dear boy, Erik! I am sure that all your grandparents, great and small, love you with their whole hearts!

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  5. Uncle Tree
    November 17, 2012

    That was a wonderful, but serious slip-up, Niamh!
    Cronyism is alive, and well…dying -
    giving us all the more reason to be thankful.
    :) Thanks for sharing! Peace and luvz, Keith

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