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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Getting Older

Watch me as I melt . . .

Have you noticed words you say
Mean something different today?
Then what they meant so long ago
When you were young and days went slow.

There are a few that fit, I think,
Like ‘gay’ and ‘pot’ and ‘spam’ and ‘shrink’.
But one I’ve kept throughout my life
As daughter, sister, mother, wife.

The word is ‘hot’, I’m here to say
And has been used most every day.
When I was four, it simply meant
I was too warm, my vigour spent.

Then teen-aged years crept up on me
And ‘hot’ meant something else, you see.
T’was what we all aspired to,
When hanging round the kids we knew.

But now I’m old, my hair is grey
And ‘hot’ is with me every day.
In seasons cold, and seasons warm,
Somehow the word has lost all charm.

‘Cause now it’s simply how I feel
When’er my world begins to reel.
The slightest stress, the merest strain
My temp is through the roof again.

So know, if you should hear me speak,
And perspiration starts to streak,
That being sexy’s mostly not
What’s meant when’er I say “I’m hot!”




10 comments:

  1. Oh Diane, this is so true... it's awful, lol

    Fantastic poem ;)

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  2. Been there....it passes eventually lol. Keep ice water on your desk and a fan.

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    1. Ice water: Check.
      Fan: Check.
      Sigh: Check.

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  3. Love this one Diane! And especially because it reveals one of your most endearing and charming character traits . . . the ability to find humor in any situation. Thanks for the smile today!

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    1. Thanks so much Amy! What else can you do in life but smile?! :)

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  4. I totally agree with Amy! I was laughing and then I was saying OH dear in the most empathetic way I could. You truly do see the humor in all things and it inspires me to be more like that.

    Hang in there! I loved the poem.

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    1. Thank you Lynn! and you've inspired me to keep writing . . . :)

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  5. Right there with you, except I call mine "warm flashes" because I was lucky enough not to get the full-blown version. Still, I run hot most of the time to begin with, so warm flashes just put me over the top.

    Delores is right about the fan and ice water. Also, dress in layers. In case you need to take most of them off :)

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    1. Hmmm . . . taking off layers . . . sounds like the mid-life strip tease!!! I think we're onto something . . .

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