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Once, when I was young and healthy
and maybe relatively wealthy,
I liked to think that I was wise
and could potential maximise.

Those were the days when I felt good
and I undoubtedly withstood
the pressures that life put on me
and I was free to some degree.

Those were the days as I recall
there was nothing so big or small
that slowed me down or held me back
from keeping my life right on track.

Those were the days, which now long gone
are what my life was based upon.
Fond memories within my mind
when life was sweet, and life was kind.

That was a time, as man and boy
I had no pain, so could enjoy
whatever my life had in store
I would take part and want some more.

But over time, I have become
both weak and sick and overcome
by all those ailments of old age
which are forcing me to disengage.

At first, I was resilient
and would not be subservient
to all the pain and suffering
that old-age was now offering.

But as my world turns upside-down
this chronic sickness drags me down
and though I know it’s so pathetic
I’m simply sick of being sick.

                          B. Withers 2019


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Sueaxe : As are many Bill. s Sep 08, 2019
newyorktorque : Bill I can totally relate. But one thing I will never be sick of are your poems. Sep 08, 2019
Bill : Thank you Sueaxe and newyorktorque for your supportive comments. The title of this one was obviously prompted and motivated by someone else's previous post. However, the sentiment struck home with me and I'm sure it will have relevance and resonance with others who may have chronic conditions which need to be managed on a day to day basis. (even if they're not quite as old as me!) Best wishes Bill Sep 09, 2019
newnormal : Thank you Bill, I like the poem! It sums it up. Sep 12, 2019
Bill : Hello newnormal. Thank you so much for posting and thank you even more for letting me know that you actually liked the poem. It is much appreciated. Sep 13, 2019
Bill : Which brings me to another point: I also wish to thank all those who tick the 'like' box. I appreciate the fact that many people are reluctant to communicate verbally or in writing and the tick-box system gives them an opportunity to communicate in a non-verbal format. For me, it's the equivalent of a smile, a nod or a thumbs-up--- Sep 13, 2019

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