I’ve Seen This Movie

I exercise every day, and walking is a big part of my daily routine. So it’s not surprising my mind often returns to the scene and thoughts I describe in the poem below. I’m still healthy and strong, but I see—and feel—my body sliding down the slope. I don’t like it. No, I don’t like it at all. I’ve seen this movie before, but…

I Was Young Then


Not even forty

On a visit to Florida

A retirement community

Where my friend’s grandma lived


walking-elderlyI marveled every day

At the constant parade

Old folks, walking ‘round the block

Hundreds of them it seemed


In groups, pairs, or alone

Marching with dogged determination

To a drumbeat I’d never heard

Toward what? … the end?


I smiled and watched them

Waved if they looked my way

Thinking they were trying to avoid

The unavoidable


Pushing a worn and tired body

Trying to slow down the aging process

I shook my head at the futility of it

… I was young then


Copyright © 2013 C Mashburn

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  1. Reblogged this on Marbles In My Pocket ~ The Official Blog of Charles L. Mashburn ~ Poems, Short Stories, and random thoughts from the author of "Be Still… and know that I am God" and commented:

    Yes. I was young then

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