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