Fragments Of An Old Man's Life

Fragments Of An Old Man's Life

A Poem by KAREN


























Fragments of an old man's life

collide with younger thoughts.

Reminiscences about yesteryears,

and the youthful life he once lived.

Smooth skin is now disturbed with wrinkles,

and  his once sharp mind is fading

along with the diming of his eyes.


Images of his picturesque wife are vague,

but he still smells the scent of her

passing in the afternoon breeze.

The imprint of her dewy lips are

sometimes felt, and his cold-blooded

body warms at the small recollection

of holding her in his arms.

Now he just yearns to be with her.


Laughter resounds in his deaf ears

of a little boy and girl.

Cuddling them ambush his thoughts,

and his knee aches and still feels

the heaviness of their weight,

but remembrance of who they are

slips his fading mind.


Home was a place of warmheartedness.

Growth was done as a family.

Hard work still shows on his crinkled skin,

and pleasure he felt back then he still

wears on his aging face even though

in the passing of time nothing seems familiar.


He spends his days now in a new home

with people just like him, old and alone.

Ever now and then he catches a memory,

but mostly he sits and reminisce in fragments of an old man's life.




© 2011 KAREN

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This a a beautiful stroll down memory lane....only to wake up in a prison cell.
The best of both worlds are known here...both the optimism of the future full of promise and the depression of sitting idle...waiting for the end of days.

Posted 12 Years Ago

Everyone has those sad, reflective moments where they feel bad, don't they...

Posted 12 Years Ago

So good! Kept me reading steadily through the entire thing!

Posted 12 Years Ago

Loved it, it started a train of thought in my mind as I read. I know a poems good when its inspiring. I want to admit i stumbled over the first 2 lines; i had to go back to see was it making sense- but it was think I read it wrong. Don't mind me I'm rambling I prefer to share all my thoughts on a piece in a review.

Posted 12 Years Ago

It warmed my heart. The word play was exceedingly impressive. It flowed so smooth, like an old, sad song of a long forgotten past. When the charm and beauty of life starts to fade away, all we can do, is live off the fragments of a life we created. Excellent work!

Posted 12 Years Ago

So neatly penned...Quiet poignant to me but I like it... :)))

Posted 12 Years Ago

I love this piece. Very emotional, very sad, very true, and very powerful.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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First of all I love the photo.
Such an emotional piece, truly sad but I think in most case a lil true.
Reminds me alot of my grandpa before he died, especially the last stanza
Very well written and powerful girl

Posted 12 Years Ago

Emotional, sad but realistic in some/many cases....very enjoyable to read :)

Posted 12 Years Ago

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34 Reviews
Shelved in 2 Libraries
Added on November 12, 2011
Last Updated on November 24, 2011
Tags: Yesteryears, Family, Old, Love Wife, Husband, Children



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