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COUNCIL ON AGING - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Too Soon Old
David Griffith

HOUSING

What do you see, my friends, what do you see... what
are you thinking when you're looking at me?

fully bound to others with ties that should last.

A crabby old man, one not very wise, uncertain of
habit, with far away eyes.

At fifty my daughter and sons have grown and are
gone, and I have no one beside me to see I don't
mourn.

Who dribbles his food and makes no reply... when you
say in a loud voice, "I wish you'd try?"

At sixty no more babies play round my knee, again I
know heartbreak, my loneliness and me.

Who seems not to notice the things that you do, and
forever is losing a sock or shoe.

Dark days are upon me, my dreams are all dead; I look
at the future, I shudder with dread.

Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will... with
bathing and feeding,
the long day to fill.

For my young are all rearing young of their own, and
I think of the years
and the love that I've
known.

Is that what you're
thinking?

I'm now an old man
and nature is cruel; 'tis
jest to make old age
look like a fool.

Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes
my friends, you're not
looking at me.

The body, it crumbles,
grace and vigor depart, there is now a
stone where I once
had a heart.

I'll tell you who I am
as I sit here so still, as
I live at your bidding,
as I enjoy company at
your will.
I'm a small child of
ten with a father and
mother, brothers and sisters, who love one another.

heart swells.

A young boy of sixteen, a football in his hands and
with wings on his feet, dreaming that soon now a
lover he'll meet.

I remember the joys, I remember the pain, and I'm
loving and living life over again.

A marine soon at eighteen -- my heart gives a leap,
remembering the oath that I promised to keep.

Gone too fast, and accept the stark fact that nothing
can last.

At twenty-five now, I have a platoon of my own, who
need me to guide them and secure a trip home.

So open your eyes, my friends, open and see, not a
crabby old man; look closer -- see ME!!

A man of thirty, my youth now going too fast, hope-

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Carolyn Hall Young

But inside this old carcass a young man still
dwells, and now and
again my battered

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I think of the years; all too few.

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