Share these poems about getting older with someone who is having a birthday and feels that their age makes them old. Birthdays have a way of catching up with us and most of us get tired of celebrating getting older another year.
But the fact is, it is very seldom that you cannot find someone older than you. May these poems be ones that others will enjoy as they age and encourage you to embrace the years. You may also find poems that you wish to share in our collection of
quotes about getting older.
If I was sending the poem, Old Age, as part of a getting old joke, I may finish off my card or speech with a reminder like how,
without aging and getting old, it's impossible to live a long and happy life. Then add a wish for a great year ahead or for many more
birthdays to come. This way, no feelings are hurt and everyone knows I was only teasing. Besides, we all have to get old someday. We might as well
have fun with it!
Poet: Bernard Barton
Old age! Thou art a bitter pill
For humankind to swallow;
Fraught with full many a present ill,
And fear of worse to follow.
And yet thou art a medicine good,
Not to be bought for money;
Worse than the worst of nauseous food,
Yet sweeter far than honey.
Thy aches and cramps, thy weary groans,
Infirmities which breed them.
Might move the very hearts of stones.
If stones had hearts to heed them.
But these must come, of course, with thee,
And none dispute, or doubt them;
Such may be borne, and wisest he
Who pothers least about them.
Old age! Be what thou wilt, thy reign
Cannot endure forever;
Feebleness, weariness, and pain
Are links that soon must sever!
And if thy pains the soul recall
To heavenly truth and warning,
Who would regret the ruined wall
That lets in such a morning?