Youth And Aging

during youth there is

hope, planning, a future,

attitude, moxie, willfulness,

fighting, lovers, desire


during aging there is

pain, hoping, the past,

humility, kindness, helpfulness,

sitting, looking, quiet despair


what is most amazing is

how a future planned for

becomes a past recollected


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on June 21, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 46 Comments.

  1. My present was not planned, and as I experience it, even as I do age, the JOY I have and the satisfaction I derive, none were planned for. My planned Life fell away, ending in ashes, but from out of those ashes, I built a new Life. And as I did, Dreams took root and then they grew teaching me how to fly!!!! I may be over 50, but this is the BEST my Life has ever been!!! GRIN!!! Now, if I could take all the Lessons and Wisdom I have learned and turn around and do YOUNG again, you bet I would. In a heart beat! LOL Great poem!!! Thank you! Love, Amy ❤

    • Thank you, Amy! I’m on the verge of 50 and I can understand exactly what you mean. “The best laid plans of mice and men…” We want our lives to turn out in particular way and when they don’t it’s not about lemons and lemonade, it’s about finding the strength to pivot, and not only change direction but change your mind thanks to what life throws at you. As for being young…can you imagine combining the knowledge you have now with the youth of your early 20’s? That would be the ultimate! It’s great to meet you!

      • And it is great to meet you too. I waited to see what you are like in your response to me, and what I saw I really related to. And your post as well. So you can add me to your followers. 🙂 I look for people who are really involved with their blog, have quality posts, and who really care. So yep, you fill the “bill”. LOL Thank YOU for the follow on Petals. Love, Amy ❤

      • PS I hope I did not offend you in my response. I follow SO many blogs now, and I have gotten to the point that the ones I follow on top of what I already do, I will really enjoy. Hope you understand and no hard feelings ….. 🙂

        • Thanks, Amy. I completely understand. I’ve followed and commented on a lot of blogs and haven’t always gotten a response. I’ve always thought if someone takes the time to comment then they deserve a response and not just a form or canned response but something personal. I take no offense to anything you said in the least. I appreciate your comments and I’m happy to have connected with you here on WordPress. 🙂

          • Bless you for understanding! I really strive to connect with real people who are making a difference here at WP, who really care, and not just blogging for the “numbers”. At one time to get my blog OUT THERE, I had someone help me how to widen my horizons on WP, and since then people have not stopped coming. Some days I am so buried under comments but, no matter how deep I am, I take the time to answer them. Many comments are a “thank you” from me for people who come to my blog and leave such kind and beautiful remarks about my work. Most of my in depth comments can be found on others’ blogs, and that is where much of my effort lies in lifting up, encouraging, advising, and sometimes (many times) leave words that just seem to fly from my fingers that every single time, go to the Heart of the matter. I put many hours into what I do, and to connect with those whose Hearts are really open to Love, is about the best Gift I can receive. I truly look forward in getting to know you better and viewing more of your work. Take care, with many Blessings!!! Thank you! Love, Amy ❤

            • Thanks again, Amy! There are some who may be blogging for numbers and then there are many who blog and forget it. Stick up a post and ignore it afterward no matter how many comments they receive. That doesn’t win too many friendships.

              It’s great to know you and many others like you are out there not just floating around WP but also taking the time to connect and provide feedback.

              I look forward to getting to know you better as well!

              All the Best, John

  2. truer words have never been spoken

  3. I lay pressed against the warm sand at La Jolla Shores beach yesterday and all the body memories of spending every day of every summer at 16 and 17 and 18 came seeping into my 71 year old bones. I imagined a life that was not to be…that teen me laying face down, embalmed in baby oil mixed with iodine. That bronzed skin has turned to cancerous lesions. Those dreams morphing into a life both better and worse than I had imagined.

    • Thanks, Karen. I’ve had some serious arguments with myself about what could have been if older me could have gone back and talked some sense into younger me. Don’t lay in the sun, don’t start smoking, choose silence more than words in anger. So many things the older version of me could teach that young, hard headed, younger version.

      • I have no idea why I haven’t checked my WordPress account for replies. So thank you for all of the replies you have sent. Yes, the younger me lay in that sun with baby oil and iodine slathered on. Those two surgeries on my face for basal cell carcinomas were no fun!

        • I understand and you’re welcome, of course! Oh, those were the days laying in the sun thinking how much better that dark tan is going to look. Then years later well not so much. Paying later in life for sins of our youth…one of life’s cruelties.

  4. From somebody in your second category there is willfulness, lovers ,desire, hope and attitude…it doesnt all go with aging! Pasts are recollected but planning diesnt fade!,

  5. I should also have said that like all good poetry
    it evoked a reaction
    Its words that provoke thoughts and make the passion
    your words made me think about growing old
    Maybe its a time of grace I prefer to be bold
    An interesting concept though I have to say
    It wasnt really planned just happened this way.

  6. I got the pains and aches but my life couldn’t be better,take it easy John it’s just a number not a mi.d set

    • Oh, you got that exactly right, Sheldon. The aches, the pains, the body becoming more frail…it all comes with age. Much of that leaves us feeling worse, of course, but the trade-off for me is a mind that’s much sharper thanks to the years of learning. Nothing beats knowledge. 🙂

  7. Hi John, glad to have found your blog, and pleased you liked mine! Ha, funny how you don’t actually have to BE old to feel old. At 18 I felt my feelings and mindset were somehow out of step with others of my age, and now at 27 having just broken my back, the aches and pains (especially in the winter months down under) are probably equivalent to those of a much older person. I don’t know what that fore-spells for the future….

    • Thanks! There are some of us who are “old souls” or who may be old before their time but don’t let any of that stop you. Aches and pains will visit and may even come more often as you age. I can attest to that as I’m staring down 50. Keep your mind sharp. Learn anything and everything you can. On occasion, the mind can overcome our ailments. It’s great to meet you!

  8. Oh yes, 100th like.
    The last stanza hits pretty hard.

  9. Thanks for teaching me a new word “moxie”

  10. Perfect! I couldn’t have stated it, written it or felt it any better than you’ve done …. *Are you rummaging around inside my head among that vast array of thought clusters? Kidding lol* 😉

  11. Reblogged this on silver blade.

  12. I like how the last stanza represents the first two, in how it mentions recollection. I often like to use refrains to tie my poems together.

  13. Sorry about my previous typo. Just wanted to say that if I’m not wrong, you’ve used the opposite words for the adjectives in the two stanzas. Not necessarily opposites but words that are different to the ones in the previous stanza. It’s beautiful. I’m glad I came across it in the morning! 😊

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