The Older Ones

Learned eyes, comforted,
waiting for love, knowing it’s there,
not knowing when it will come,
chugging through the day,
rotating on hips,
bouncing with worn joy,
perceiving salvation follows,
proud, but tarrying for love,
eyes lonely, seeking more,
wondering how much more,
nourished when love visits,
at last sitting, comforting,
not doing those old things,
lying and feeling the heat
of a molting aged body.


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  1. #1 by liv2write2day on March 14, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    As one of those older (molting?) bodies I’m learning, at last, that love is there but sometimes I have to give it away first. Thought-provoking poem, Carl, as yours are.

    • #2 by Carl on March 14, 2011 - 10:47 pm

      Victoria, you are wise and I completely agree with your thought.

      I should confess at this point that this poem was inspired as I followed our oldest dog, Buddy Boy, a Dachshund, around the house one day. I was amazed at how much I could impersonate him with human emotions because I suppose they are there, and my mind would flicker and compare these days and how he carries himself back to his puppy days. Stark contrast but he is still the same old Buddy Boy. At his age, he is less outgoing with his loving but still just as loving, and he doesn’t go seeking love but just patiently waits for it.

  2. #3 by Evelyn on March 14, 2011 - 6:42 pm

    I was going to do my usual copy and paste of my favorite lines but you know, this piece is well balanced and gorgeous. its almost patient, if that makes sense. it has a serene and honest vibe.
    really like it. really.

    • #4 by Carl on March 14, 2011 - 10:49 pm

      Oh, thank you so much! I love having a vibe to a piece. That’s cool.

  3. #5 by liv2write2day on March 14, 2011 - 10:56 pm

    The story about Buddy Boy really touched me. I’ve lost three dogs now to old age. (Have 2 younguns’). They are such a source of inspiration and undconditional love. Thanks for sharing the backstory, Carl.

    • #6 by Carl on March 14, 2011 - 11:11 pm

      Ah, yes, then you KNOW! We have five right now, all different sizes, which is a bit crazy, but they are all full of the unconditional love and the best thing they do for me is constantly pull me into the now, remove me from fears of the future or regrets of the past.

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