Aging Poems

Aging Poems

Poems about Growing Old

Aging is a natural process of life. It begins the moment we are born. Strangely enough, most of us live under the illusion that we and our loved ones will never become old. When old age arrives, we are often unprepared. The natural order becomes reversed. The young help to care for the old. Those who need to be taken care of for the first time have a hard time accepting that they need help. This condition is a product of our culture that does everything it can to conceal the loss of youth. Confronting this reality is the beginning of a healthy relationship to life, aging and death.

44 Inspirational Poems about Aging

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  1. 1. The Little Boy And The Old Man

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    Said the little boy, sometimes I drop my spoon.
    Said the little old man, I do that too.
    The little boy whispered, I wet my pants.
    I do too, laughed the old man.

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    I admit I didn't know Shel Silverstein until I bought a couple of sheets of stamps with his name on each stamp and a silly little sketch of a cartoonish little girl. "Who is Shel...

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  3. 2. On Aging

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    When you see me sitting quietly,
    Like a sack left on the shelf,
    Don’t think I need your chattering.
    I’m listening to myself.

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    Reading this poem was very heartfelt and personal. Maya Angelou has always been my favorite author of all times, but reading this particular poem reminds me of my grandmother who I was lucky...

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  5. 3. Time Is

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    Time is
    Too Slow for those who Wait,
    Too Swift for those who Fear,
    Too Long for those who Grieve,

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  6. 4. Old Folks Laugh

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    They have spent their
    content of simpering,
    holding their lips this
    and that way, winding

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  7. 5. I Still Matter


    I'M STILL HERE

    My looks are nothing special,
    My face reveals my age,

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    This poem really hit home with me. I will be 60 on my next birthday and it seems like years fly by like days. I too look in the mirror and wonder where all the lines and wrinkles have came...

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  8. 6. The Hands Of A Warrior

    Purple veins strain against the skin.
    Pale, translucent, paper thin.
    Skinny fingers clawed in monstrous shapes,
    Brown spots from years that she can't erase.

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    Dear Angie,
    I should have responded much sooner to your beautiful comment about my poem. I am so thrilled that you could completely relate to my words and then share them with others to help...

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  9. 7. I'm A Person Too


    • By Dawn Mazzola
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2010 with permission of the Author.

    Here I lie in bed again, Awaiting my next meal.
    A worker barges in my room, As if it's no big deal.

    What ever happened to courtesy? Just a little knock.

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    I too worked as a CNA for 15 plus years and then I choose to do private home health care. I always respected my residents and my private clients and demanded that everyone else did. They each...

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  10. 8. Changing Places

    • By Alora M. Knight
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2015 with permission of the Author.

    I see the sadness in your eyes,
    The times that you are knowing
    What's happening to your wondrous mind,
    The symptoms you are showing.

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    Memories! I was 53, he 54 when the complications of Alzheimer's took him. At his prime as an exporter, his secretary fell for him. I left and visited Canada for 3 months, but on my return,...

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  11. 9. Living With Dementia

    • By Annabel Sheila
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2008 with permission of the Author.

    She's trapped inside the prison walls
    That used to be her mind.
    The woman that she used to be,
    Has long been left behind.

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    Would love to read some of your experiences. I am currently caring for and have two care givers looking after my 80 year old mother.

  12. 10. The Sands Of Time

    • By Stephanie M. Lawrence
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 2020 with permission of the Author.

    I look in the mirror and see
    A stranger looking back at me.
    Who's that person standing there
    With wrinkled skin and such gray hair?

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  13. 11. I Hurt Too

    • By Ingrid Pegram
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 21, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    Do you feel the pain I feel when I leave you in this place ?
    the heartache and the grief are etched in the lines upon your face
    I truly hate to leave you...but you know the time has come
    and you'll be so well cared for..in this lovely nursing home

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  14. 12. Kid Stuff

    Many, many years ago
    When I was just a kid,
    And I had just began to grow,
    There's stuff I had and did.

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    Ah, blissful childhood memories. Raised in a rural community, most relatives and friends lived on farms. Being a town kid, homemade fried chicken dinners in an oversized farm kitchen, that...

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  15. 13. Keepsake

    • By Mac Mckenzie
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2014 with permission of the Author.

    One day my dad was hunting, from his favorite hunting stand;
    'Twas a giant Oak with perfect limbs, under which two deer trails ran.
    Now this favorite spot of Daddy's was as unique as it could be,
    'cause a lightning bolt had burned a giant hole down through that tree.

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    My aging husband, who just turned 70 in October, still takes his grandsons out bowing and hunting ever year. He helps build the tree stands and everything, teaching them the way of the...

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  16. 14. The Forgotten Mother

    • By Ruby Latimer Edwards
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2006 with permission of the Author.

    A gray old woman sits all alone,
    Unloved, uncherished, and unknown.
    Sitting beside her broken door,
    Dreaming of days passed long ago,

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    In March 2022, I was diagnosed with Renal cancer. I'm doing fine following up with my CTs. My kids' dad was diagnosed with hepatic cancer, lung, the works, and passed away in March. My (our)...

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  17. 15. Encore!

    Those things that meant the most to me
    Are no longer in my life.
    And those people most important
    Have vanished now from sight.

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    I just love your poems - keep writing. You inspire me to keep writing myself.

  18. 16. Signs That You Are Old

    You find you're getting hairier though not atop your head.
    You somehow sustain injuries while sleeping in your bed.
    Your arm is not quite long enough to make the fine print clear.
    You walk into a room then think - Now why'd I come in here?

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  19. 17. Will You Pick Me Again

    • By Darrel F. Kersting
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 16, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    We're getting older now our time is coming to an end
    I just need to know if you'd pick me again
    There's Reincarnation I've heard that it's true
    When I get back here I'll start looking for you

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  20. 18. I Am Not Old

    My eyes are fine; they are just printing words small.
    I just use a walking stick to seem stately and tall.

    Nothing is wrong with my sense of smell.

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    Very nicely described and also the way it became funny was absolutely fantastic.

  21. 19. 50th High School Reunion

    • By William B Watkins
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 6, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    We gather here once more
    To remember a younger day,
    When life was mostly before us
    And the future a game to play.

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  22. 20. Remember Then

    • By Catherine Cordeiro
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2015 with permission of the Author.

    When you feel bad for what you say
    Remember your mom wasn't always this way.
    She is your mom and used to be
    A woman who cared, much like me.

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    My mom is not 90. She is just 66 and is in that transition phase when you begin to realize she is growing old. It is a hard thing to realize. The woman who took care of you all your...

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