Polly

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Lest we Forget

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Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Neumarkt: elderly woman

Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Neumarkt: elderly woman (Photo credit: wwwuppertal)

She almost creeps out of the car
A happy, smiling, elderly woman,
Who lived through the second world war
As a nursing sister – in London.
Where has she been?
Just now, to a club,
For the elderly.
Five years ago she was
Miserable.
No friends to speak of,
Widowed ten years previously,
Health … debatable, mobility … poor;
Lonely, isolated,
Living with close relatives,
But alone.
So alone.

The club, when it came,
Was a new lease of life.
She changed overnight,
Became more
Sprightly, energetic, [well, sort of];
Alert, alive, living life anew,
Just a few mornings a week,
To talk with like-minded folk
Of the same generation.
Have a moan, a groan, a laugh,
At the expense of ‘the young ones’
[Who really are elderly themselves]
Did her a power of good.
See her now?  Get out of the car,
A happy, smiling, elderly woman
Who lived through the second world war.

Polly Robinson © 2012

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12 thoughts on “Lest we Forget

  1. An excellent tribute, so many people who went through so much do not get enough respect these days.

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  2. it’s so sad to see when the people that we owe so much get lonely when they’re older..so great she found a place where she can meet others, talk and share a bit of happiness…

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    • So true Claudia, it seems to me that we need people of our own generation to talk to … shared experiences and all that … I have seen for myself that one’s whole personality can change with a little empathy from like-minded people. We owe that generation and probably the one before and after a real debt of gratitude, we try to make life easier …

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  3. A lovely contrast – I love the lines

    Have a moan, a groan, a laugh,
    At the expense of ‘the young ones’
    [Who really are elderly themselves]

    My friend who is 70 refers to me as a young one and I’m nearly 50!!!

    Thank you this poem made me smile – and bought a few dear friends to mind 🙂

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  4. I think the title “Lest We Forget” really puts the cherry on this one Polly.

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  5. So enjoyed this Polly. It has that wonderful sense of hope, showing that one can be alone (so alone) and then find comfort in connection with like-minded people who understand. It also illustrates the plight of the elderly in our society … such a big issue. Your poetry is always a pleasure to read… welcoming and rhythmic! ~ 🙂 Much Love to you ~ Robyn

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    • I should love other lonely elderly people to see this one, I think so many of them would find comfort in these groups. It is a big issue and one that goes largely, it would appear, ignored.

      So pleased that you like my poetry and thank you so much for commenting. You know I value your work too ~ Polly x

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