~ The Age Of Greyness ~

~ The Age Of Greyness ~

A Poem by Carola

Do I want to be grey… Oh no!
I want what I always had.
Hair colour the shade of coffee,
Perhaps then I’ll become more visible.

Notice how older people get no smiles,
Are rarely regarded, and largely overlooked.
By government cost cutting agendas,
In public spaces, and often by families as well.

Society is absorbed by the looks of youth,
By sporty people and athletic agile youngsters.
Older folk ought to wear brighter colours,
To stave off the invisible age of greyness.



Carola Hume  /  July 2017

© 2019 Carola


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Your writing has a nice balance between making lyrical observations & weaving those into your more blunt commentary overall. I agree that there's an automatic dismissal of oldness. As far as gray goes, I colored my gray since my mid-50's, but am just now letting it grow out naturally (I have long hair). I love the silver-gray in my hair, but I can also see that being gray makes me look nondescript & forgettable! But the beauty is when we get to the point where we don't care -- it's other people's loss. Your poem stimulates many ideas, a back-and-forth in the reader's mind (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Month Ago


Beauty fades with popularity as one ages, I find. Even I search my reflection for that younger more attractive me and wonder what happened along lifes highway. Had to rearead and say my bit!

Posted 5 Months Ago


it reads very natural ...i like this one the best of those i have read so far ... simply stated, emotive in many ways .. either the object of disregard or the perps of it ;) i am grateful for the suggestion to splah on a little color ..i think we all should ... in every way ... eat something never tried ...take swimming lessons...sky dive ..take self defense classes ... we ain't dead yet!!!!!! :) wonderful read for me ma'am
E.

Posted 10 Months Ago


and they just don't understand our worth...our wealth of experience from so many years of life on this earth...how much insight they could learn, if only they noticed us.
i really like this write.
j.

Posted 10 Months Ago


You are right Carola. In the USA, the same. Slowly forget the old people. Taking more and more from them. I liked the Native American view on old people. They are the mentors and teachers of the children. You are right. Us older folks need to be showing people. We are still kicking. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 10 Months Ago


very well. interestingly cummed into such greyness of words. organic, heartfelt, raw & highly sophisticated.

Posted 10 Months Ago


Carola

10 Months Ago

wow! i'm flattered by your impression of my poem.
Adams

10 Months Ago

even am born to have u goddesses of "impression" flattered. sometimes... good by me so sometimes not.. read more
Ouch. It reads very good, but the message hurts. (Please for give my odd humour) I'd not thought about it much, but think you must be right. If you're like me, there's a rather young person inside who isn't entirely aware of the image in the mirror or the creaky joints.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Carola

1 Year Ago

thanks for stopping by to read samuel.
yes in my mind i'm in my 30's, however my body disagre.. read more
thank you for stopping by to read & comment

Posted 1 Year Ago


very very nice. I am transitioning over from blackish to grayish. thanks

Posted 1 Year Ago


Carola

1 Year Ago

yes the transitioning is definitely unwelcome, i now have to go the extra bother of hair colouring.<.. read more
Great factual read! The most up to date model seems always more appealing but what about age and wine? The older the vintage the finer the taste eh!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Carola

1 Year Ago

i totally agree with your reference to wine, kitty, &
thanks for stopping by to read.
kitty

1 Year Ago

You are most welcome. Have a lovely week end!

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Carola
Carola

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i'm a retired commercial pilot now in my 70's. my hobbies are feeding wild birds, painting and poetry & writing complaint emails to politicians about their frequently stupid policies and decisions... more..

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