I was so touched when I read this, just had to reblog. Very thoughtful of Globalunision to post, we all will be in that spot one day.


When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The oldman’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. 

This old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the globe awaking masses to accept the reality that“nobody can run away from the dreadful old age however ravishing their young age may…

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  1. This is a very enlightening post. But I’m not so sure we “forget so easily,” as much as we are indoctrinated with an obsession with youth, and a fear & devaluation of aging. Plastic surgeons seem to be the gods of our culture, while the aged are pariahs who are disparaged for not putting their wrinkled faces & bodies into the monied hands of plastic surgeons so that they’ll be accepted by a culture obsessed with youth.
    My great-gran is the love of my life, and I’m reading this post to her – thank you! 🙂


    • That is true too, I was thinking more of ‘we forget easily’ that we will be old too one day and we should take better care of our parents and grandparents. It becomes challenging sometimes as they require a lot of patience as they sort of become like little children, and we need to deal with them very lovingly.


  2. We see and hear such stories, but the reality is we are very fragile at our hearts, we get emotional when we get to see such things going on. I know things wouldn’t change overnight, but there always is something about such incidents that it makes us wonder about it! The least we can do is to Respect, and in their last days be a little nicer to them, which even they don’t expect these days!


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