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.

Inspirational Poems about Aging

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  1. The Forgotten Mother

    • By Ruby Latimer Edwards
    • Published: February 2006

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

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    I can so relate. My son, 33 now, moved to the states 5 years ago. Of course he found himself a girlfriend whose family is always in the picture. Since he had been a teenager, he started...

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  3. Living With Dementia

    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.

  4. I'm A Person Too

    Poem From Patient To Hospital Staff

    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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    Wow! Beautiful Poem. I needed a poem for my English class. This right here is phenomenal. I volunteer at a hospital, so I work and see a lot of these patients. This poem has reminded me to...

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  6. I Still Matter

    Dealing With Growing Old

    I'M STILL HERE

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

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    Pat's poems are so unique yet universal, written from the heart and able to capture the feelings of those who read them. I have been through a long period of caring for a relative. During...

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  7. Changing Places

    Poem About When A Loved One Has Alzheimer's

    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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    For the first time in my life I came face to face with the struggle of Dementia. My mother was quiet about the reality of her daily life caring for the man she married over 60 years ago. She...

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  8. The Little Boy And The Old Man

    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 can relate to the poem "The Little Boy and The Old Man" by Shel Silverstein. You feel invisible, not as valuable. No longer as pretty, not of much use. Your income has dwindled, you're no...

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  10. Clearing The Way

    Poem About Aging Gracefully

    I have waited quite a long time to get old,
    So I think I should try to enjoy it.
    I can't turn it in for a refund,
    And I surely don't want to destroy it.

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    It is genuinely a beautiful poem depicting the harsh reality of life that many of us don't really know how to handle the unwanted changes that old age brings with it. One always lives in this...

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  11. Mother

    • By Tyrene Gibert
    • Published: February 2006
    Children All Grown Up Poem


    She's sitting in a rocking chair.
    She's peeking out the window,
    looking at the children playing, remembering her own....

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    This poem made me cry, which to me, the mark of a good poem is if it evokes a deep feeling. I feel so very sad for this woman, and your words cut to the very core of her feelings of loss,...

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  12. Remember Then

    • By Catherine Cordeiro
    • Published: June 2015
    Poem About Patience With Aging Mother

    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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  13. To Watch You, Admire You, Adore You

    Loving Poem About Growing Old Together

    I was a blessed today in a special way
    I was able to be with you all day

    I got to watch you, admire you, adore you and appreciate your smile

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    Wow, what a beautiful poem. To feel that kind of love and then be able to express it in such a way that I actually felt warm inside reading it is amazing. You described your wife in such a...

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