In Care (A collection of haiku about old age)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

The title of the collection speaks for itself.

In Care (A collection of haiku about old age)

A smile plays across
a wrinkled face as the birds
enjoy their freedom.


Dentures are grinning
in glasses of clean water,
as gums are gnashing.


Faces still light up,
as strangers start to look like
family unknown.


Deafness becomes good
as the ticking of the clock
brings nearness of death.


Another new day
full of stale routines, training
for the dreamless sleep.


Steps still echoing
outside the unopened doors
to still needed touch.


Submitted: January 05, 2021

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Carefully crafted and insightful. A pleasure to read and ponder.

Tue, January 5th, 2021 3:10pm


Thank you Adam. I am glad you liked them.

Tue, January 5th, 2021 7:19am


Sad but still so beautiful.Bravo.

Tue, January 5th, 2021 3:29pm


Thanks you for your nice comment. I am glad you enjoyed the poems.

Tue, January 5th, 2021 7:55am

Mike S.

You said everything in these, Bert, excellent

Tue, January 5th, 2021 5:58pm


Thanks, Mike. I am glad you liked them.

Tue, January 5th, 2021 1:08pm

JE Falcon aka JEF

Very Nice, Bert, I especially liked the first one.

Tue, January 5th, 2021 7:10pm


Thanks JEF.

Tue, January 5th, 2021 1:09pm

tom mcmullen

These are terrific Bert, I watch with envy people walking outside my window as I wait for a new hip...

Tue, January 5th, 2021 8:44pm


Not a new hip for a hipster like you... Thanks Tom.

Tue, January 5th, 2021 1:10pm


I've got to admit that I found these to be slightly depressing, Bert. All apart from the first one where aging brings back the sense of wonder.
So many people that are put into care homes seem to become almost forgotten by the outside world.

Tue, January 5th, 2021 9:27pm


Thanks for your feedback, Hull. Yes, you are right. I even wrote the first one as a rather depressing image. I also think that we shouldn't forget our nearest and dearest as they have to move into care homes.

Tue, January 5th, 2021 1:44pm

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