Contentment with Age and Status

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Contentment With Age and Status

A Poem



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 A lone cameraman captures a smile

of teeth long gone.

And, with every grin, lines are accentuated.

Life-long neighbours sit in their bright, simple 

shirts, illuminating the scene.

Their hair in an updo, casually tied,

not for glamour, but to cool the necklines.

Now sensitive to the elements, they protect their

bodies in whichever way is possible,

from beating sunlight

to prevent the ravages of time.

Family outings, much cherished, are relished.

These gracious ladies are willing to express

their uniqueness.

Although poor, content with simplicity

in their meal, and showing a

curiosity of the visiting photographer.

He explores their community for the first, 

and maybe the only opportunity.

They vouch for their area, much loved.

No longer shy, they are quick to express--

validity in attention to themselves, and their life.

Facially expressing their love for existence,

for family and for friendship.

Synonymous with other countries, they

celebrate their age, their grey; 

appearing as if they’ve lived and survived.

Still contributing, anonymously and unselfishly,

as long as they’re able. 

For the benefit of All.



Shirley Langton 2021


Submitted: April 17, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Shirley M. Langton. All rights reserved.

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