Friday, February 11, 2011

Growing Old, a poem, by Cindy Perotti

Cindy Perotti(Marlowe), a Brockport High School graduate of 1976, is a 53 year old mother of two grown children, Jenna who is 28, and Chuck who is 29. Jenna works as a dietary aid in a nursing home where they are having a contest for poetry describing older age. Jenna asked Cindy to write a poem for her and what you read below, Cindy wrote for Jenna and  has generously agreed to share with us on UU A Way Of Life.

Cindy Perotti is a member of the Brockport Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.


Getting Old
by Cindy Perotti

Worked all my life to get to this point.
Alone I look in the mirror, and wonder will my future be as good as my past.
Old is the place I find myself today.
All my experiences, wants, and desires are as with me today, as they were yesterday, and will be tomorrow.

Here are five points you should know:
  1. I lost my mind.
  2. I have trouble seeing things.
  3. I can't hear.
  4. I can't speak or taste.
  5. My arms, legs, and heart can't feel or touch.
Also there are 2 questions I ask and answer:
1. Question: What's happening? Answer: Getting old.
2. Question: What can I do? Answer: Not much.

Here's what I have to say now, is good bye, and smooth sailing until I meet again, and keep your chin up and have a blast, and don't give up because it's not all that bad.
So long for now.
May God bless you in this process.

4 comments:

  1. Great poem. Thanks for sharing it.

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  2. I love Cindy's poem. She captures the suffering of old age and yet conveys an optimism and hope that is encouraging and comforting.

    Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. Ms. Perotti's poem touched me. I am caring for my elderly mother and her memory is going and it is frustrating and scary for me somedays but I like the way the poem ends with what can I do? not much, well smooth sailing, keep your chin up, etc.

    Very good, very hopeful in spite of all the loses she mentions.

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