Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I think 
I'm getting old
It's not just
reading glasses
Or aches and pains
But finally seeing
what we've become.
A world of selfish people
on getting
our own way
despite the cost
to ourselves,
and certainly to others.
We care not
that others are trampled
in this race.
We just want
what we want
when we want
we deserve it.

When I was young,
I thought like a child,
reasoned like a child
But now,
I'm old
and I see.
And what I see is
not what I'd thought.
We'd turn out to be.

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Brian Miller said...

but we still have the power to change it...if we really want to...nice wake up call...nice one shot tina!

patty said...

Hi Tina,
This is a view without rose colored glasses, that is for sure. Great One Shot!

Aging Mommy said...

Great one shot Tina and an interesting perspective on how your views change.

clean and crazy said...

great perspective.

June_Butterfly said...

I'm still hoping to remain a child inside,for always.But I guess it is true!As one grow,one lose a piece of the child we were behind.I guess it's only up to us to hold on to the child in us,as not to be swallowed by all the painful realities of life.

It's a pleasure to meet you,Tina!

G-Man said...

I should start thinking like a Child.....

Levonne said...

We humans can be so disappointing. (Watch TED videos for inspiration and restoring your faith in us.)

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e) said...

I just cannot believe the world is more bad than good. I will not.

signed...bkm said...

the picture we paint in life usually is not the no we visualize as a child....nice one shot...bkm

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Such a beautiful poem, and so very true.
Hope you are well, Tina.

Cheryl said...

Tough one shot, Tina. All is not lost. I see goodness every day.

5thsister said...

Standing O my dear friend! Wonderful! And I agree with Cheryl...for I, too, am learning to "see" again with newfound clarity!

J. Kwiatkowski said...

I'm learning French and trying to teach my boys. College is still free in a lot of places in Europe. It's sad that they may have to leave America to have a better life.

Myrna R. said...

Lovely poem. It depicts the raw, sad truth. Yet, I too hope to keep thinking like a child.

Good one shot!

Eric Alder said...

Putting aside childish things ain't all it's cracked up to be! Nice One Shot!

Belinda Munoz said...

And now that we see, we can begin to do...

I can relate to every word. Great one shot.

Monkey Man said...

This is so true and we see it everywhere.

CM said...

So true. True but sad. That's why we must go against the grain and make a difference every day :-)

Shashi said...

So beautifully true... and as a child what we think can be totally different than what an adult that sometimes thinks ... when not has his nose on the daily grind... Liked it.

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dustus said...

True sentiment and hopeful changeable. Nice One Shot!

My name is PJ. said...

It's not so much getting older as it is becoming wiser. Truly.

Claudia said...

yes - think we really have to be careful not to become like the people we never liked when we were children...nice and thought provoking one shot

Pete Marshall said...

i loved every single word of this....maybe its a lesson we should be taught...but life knocks you so much that you do end up being selfish...a great one shot

H said...

I hate those adverts which end "...because you're worth it!" (L'Oreal, I think). They epitimise the world view that we should pamper ourselves all of the time. What happened to good old fashioned responsibility?

Anonymous said...

Nice one shot! Love and Light, Sender

Steve said...

Oh so true - melancholy, celebratory, etc., all wrapped up in years, memories and a beating heart.

Life@Cee said...

Now there's a valid argument for dying young ;) Seriously, it's exhausting to be constantly giving of yourself to people who just take. Selfishness and self-care are not the same thing, so do something nice for yourself today.