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The Surprise of Getting Old
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By Geneva Poynter
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The Surprise of Getting Old

Young look with pity or disdain.
Don't they know you still feel young inside?
The girl who was is still in there,
Tho' outward appearance would belie.

Looks question as you try to sing.
Don't they know the music's still inside?
The songs you used to sing are there.
Tho' stiffened vocal cords would belie.

They watch you as you limp around.
Don't they know you're still skipping inside?
Memories of carefree walk... still there.
Tho' aching, creaking joints would belie.

Will they remember... as you were?
Don't they know the real you is inside?
Need of acceptance is still there,
Tho' fading mem'ry, health would belie.

I won't be "that grouchy old lady!"
Abiding heart and soul deep inside
To encourage the young who see...
Help faith and trust, this NOT to belie.

"The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a Cedar of Lebanon; planted
in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in
the courts of our God. They will still bear
fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,
proclaiming, 'The Lord is upright; He is my
Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him.'"
Psalm 92:12 - 15

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Submitted: Friday, March 30, 2012

Last Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012

About the Poet
I asked Jesus to be my Savior when I was 11 - that was almost 70 years ago as of June 2015. My husband and I had been married for 54 years as of March 2010 before he went Home to Heaven, and we have one son & daughter in law and 3 grandchildren.

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