Respect Your Elders

Elders…a failing body does not mean a failing mind.

Respect Your Elders
Respect Your Elders…for they have been where you haven’t

Elders have experience…listen!

How can my failing sight be seen,
known to have witnessed so much,
yet in judgement,
age is often a dusty version of youth,
and therefore obsolete,
to those who dream that youth without experience
somehow gleans a better truth.

As so it has always been,
brash youth filled with a bravado
far removed from truth,
teaching age how to be, when age has already been,
so judge they will, a slowing body, a stumbled walk,
when minds are as sharp as blades,
their library’s knowledge a steel trap cage.

Yet they bleat and moan with frustration,
their way such a provocation,
when they know little or none to boast,
but insist they know better in anecdotes
that never were,
and step into charge regardless,
to undo all and implore our very wrath.

This contention no-one needs,
and hearts could just stop for what it means,
when our children become the boss,
and we in failing body must accept the loss,
without one bit of fight;
no that’s now right,
respect your elders, as they DO know better.

Tony DeLorger © 2017

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au
videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore
Tony DeLorger

Latest posts by Tony DeLorger (see all)

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

6 thoughts on “Respect Your Elders

  • January 11, 2017 at 12:43 AM
    Permalink

    Wisdom grows with age. Very well penned verse, Tony. It is a shame that most youth do not know this till they, too, are elders. Well done, Tony.

    Reply
  • January 11, 2017 at 1:14 AM
    Permalink

    Yes, one of the ironies of life, no-one listens until it is they who are in that position of frustration. lol Cheers!

    Reply
  • January 11, 2017 at 11:58 AM
    Permalink

    So true this is Tony..Elders are not given much respect these days..Everyone says generation gap and all that but I think the basic patterns of life never changes and they have walked all those paths before us..They have achieved success, faced failures, made mistakes and learnt from them..They could impart a lot of wisdom to the younger generation..Thank you so much for sharing your profound words..Have a lovely day!

    Reply
    • January 11, 2017 at 6:13 PM
      Permalink

      Glad you agree Anjana, yes too much these days are the elderly just dismissed out of hand, when they know so much and have been through so much. Appreciate your kind words my friend. have a great day.

      Reply
  • January 11, 2017 at 5:05 PM
    Permalink

    90 percent true. The only problem is the adapting to the society they live in. Technology renders many elders as obsolete in that respect. But when it comes to situational experience i always call upon my father for advice, the whole been there done that holds true for almost everything. And even though the older generation cannot comprehend all technology that the younger generation has, I personally feel that respect should be granted until proven otherwise, to all elder persons. Good piece~Paul

    Reply
  • January 11, 2017 at 6:16 PM
    Permalink

    Much appreciated Paul, all true and even myself, when I was at school, there were no calculators: we used slide-rules. Funny when you think about it. Technology moves with such a pace its no wonder that the generation before me wouldn’t have a clue. Glad you appreciated it my friend. Cheers!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

Our cookie settings are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. By continuing to browse this website you are accepting our cookie policy.

Close