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Ode To Mrs. Miller

Ode To Mrs. Miller

A Poem by Nolo Segundo

I did not know how brave she was,
ninety-two and I, seventy less,
so young that old age
was textbook stuff:
a fact of life,
but not mine.

I was alive and free
to stride the world,
a colossus of youth,
whereas she had ate
almost a century!
And all her friends
and all her family
lay dead somewhere--
except in her mind,
still crisp, poignant
in its memories
of a wealthy husband,
a daughter dead young,
her own youthful beauty
remaining lonely in a
silver-framed photo.

She never complained,
this old, old lady--
never once did I hear
lamentations, bewailing
for the richness of life,
the ripe fullness she once
felt as wife, mother, and a
woman of grace and beauty.

She lived alone
in a basement flat,
barely five feet tall,
yet I've never known
any being braver...
but it is only now,
that I am become old,
I envy such courage.

(c. 2013)

© 2016 Nolo Segundo

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Very heart-touching!! We all knew a Mrs. Miller in our life. Thank you for entering my contest!!

Posted 3 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nolo Segundo

3 Months Ago

Thank you!
Enjoyed very much... a slice of life that has so many layers, yet so simple and can only learned from our own experience...thank you.. I see points system but it does not allow me to score or maybe this does not apply

Posted 1 Year Ago

Nolo Segundo

1 Year Ago

Thank you for your kind words Jeff. And yes, I think poetry is too personal, too subjective to be 'm.. read more
I seriously love this. Have you thought about getting it published? Thank you for sharing :)

Posted 2 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

i love this story ,courage of an old woman,although am still very young not yet 20,am already thinking about what it feels to be old,many people you have know and met gone,your beauty a history........nice write up,thanks for sharing

Posted 2 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nolo Segundo

2 Years Ago

Thank you, Adesanya, for your thoughtful comments. You may be young, but you seem to have an 'old so.. read more

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Added on March 12, 2016
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Nolo Segundo
Nolo Segundo

Philadelphia, PA

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