On Getting Older by Stan Phillips
And there are brown spots appearing on the back of suddenly aged hands. Those laughter lines are no longer funny. . And you no longer make plans for next year in case it doesn't happen.
Being old is a strange feeling. You catch yourself sighing when you sit down. Groaning when you stand up. You can no longer climb stairs two at a time, You shuffle in carpet slippers across the room, rather than dance.
And, heaven help me, I look in the mirror to see my grandfather looking, rheumy eyed, wrinkled, and white whiskered, back out at me.
Oh yes, there are cold draughts, summer and winter, that seem to fill every corner of the room, which turn your feet to small, and these days, mis-shapen, blocks of ice. You can't run for buses anymore. Or walk up hills.
Stan Phillips ( who has just stood up and groaned) 2020
Stan Phillips is an 80 year old poet, musical podcast maker, part-time wannabe male model, and occasional stand up comedian. “I used to be a psychotherapist/counsellor when I had an honest job. I was born into prewar London, and attended 17 schools (my father believed they couldn’t hit a moving target) and I eventually finished up here in Ireland. Still wondering what I will be when I grow up — but enjoying writing my quirky poetry as I do so.” Discover more about Stan on Mom’s Favorite Reads website: https://moms-favorite-reads.com/moms-authors/stan-phillips - 20 -
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