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Offline Dylan di Vilde

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Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« on: September 04, 2013, 04:02:52 AM »
Stubborn and cantankerous, staunchly puffing pipes,
in grimy watch-chained waistcoats - indomitable types
who drank their bottled Mackeson in ancient Sunday suits
and tended neat allotment plots in stout misshapen boots,
rejected domesticity for fusty garden sheds
and cultivated winning blooms in spotless flower beds.
Their roomy, chest-high trousers bore a shabby lived-in sheen  
with traces of each dribble, drip and spillage they had seen  
and though a certain odour might some negligence imply                        
they all believed a manís not fully dressed without a tie.
They cleared their chests in noisy and uncompromising ways
their grim expectorations lingered stubbornly for days.
Industrial diseases they would mulishly resist
and lingering old war wounds were intractably dismissed
as long established habits were unfailingly pursued,  
they buggered on with bloody minded fortitude.


Thatís how they used to be
But will that be me?
once time has passed
(and if I, touch wood, last)


Their modern day equivalents who reach that worthy age -
those chipper, dapper pensioners in neatly laundered beige
who worship Sunday carveries and ageing sitcom stars,
holidays in Benidorm and small Korean cars,
have never planted cabbages, never taken snuff,
never scolded urchins with a well delivered cuff.
Time is surely passing but Iíll never freely choose
nylon pastel leisure-wear and comfy slip-on shoes.


I think Iíd suit:
a worn old suit,
a crumpled hat,
a faithful cat,
a little plot,
a little pot (of marigolds),
a homely shed,
a loaf of bread,
tea, jam
and a wee Scotch dram.

Also there
an old pub chair.
and as life slows
Iíll softly doze,
potter, mumble,
mutter, grumble,
develop a dramatic cough
and tell you all to bugger off.


« Last Edit: March 24, 2014, 09:27:51 AM by Dylan di Vilde »
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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2013, 04:09:52 AM »
I had to read this 3 times because I loved it so much.

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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2013, 05:03:52 AM »
Dylan strikes again.  You've got a way with words, haven't you?  I dare say you've got away with a lot of other things too ;-)

I vote for tradition.  Have you seen those baggy large-checked fleecy pull-on leisure trousers for old men?  I'd rather die in my footsteps (with a nod to another Dylan) than be seen wearing those.

But no tie.  Unless it's holding up my baggy and raggy old cammo trousers ;-)

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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2013, 05:06:10 AM »
Love it, Dylan,

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2013, 05:15:26 AM »
Brilliant, Dylan. Exactly my kind of poem.
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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2013, 06:42:42 AM »
Glad this struck a chord, thanks
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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2013, 07:03:20 AM »
Hubby absolutely adamantly intractably refuses the Stokies slippers
nylon pastel leisure-wear and comfy slip-on shoes.
Not for ANY time of the day!  8)

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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2013, 07:45:30 AM »
Campaign for Real Old Men -- spread the word with this poem! :D

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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2013, 12:34:38 PM »
Oh, I plan on printing it out and framing it.

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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2013, 05:39:18 PM »
Another great poem Dyl. I so love your work. One thing tho? (and it's very slight) The word 'fusty' should be 'foisty' in my eyes. Hope you don't mind me saying so. B



One more thing I'd like to add to this epic gripping yarn,
with the advent of on-line
Post-offices are in decline
and so are all the queues.

Where are they now?
All those miserable old gits
that lined up two by two?
They're on their scooters in lay-bys
having a 'wink' or two.
heh heh.
(You inspire me mate, cheers) B


 
Fare thee well Skip. We're all 'Keening' now. xbx

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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2013, 05:45:18 PM »
No --
Adjective
1.Smelling stale, damp, or stuffy: "the fusty odor of decay".
2.Old-fashioned in attitude or style.
 

Synonyms
musty - mouldy - moldy - frowzy - stale
 

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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2013, 05:48:04 PM »
Must be a N/E thing then. I've only known it as 'foisty.'
Fare thee well Skip. We're all 'Keening' now. xbx

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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2013, 12:21:25 AM »
Enjoyed. I'm a miserable git already but I absolutely refuse to reach old age wearing anything but my jeans and t-shirts, drinking whiskey and guinness and having a dance every day. I've said it before, but the grim reaper can kiss my arse  ;D

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Re: Whatever Happened to Old Men?
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2013, 03:17:02 AM »
Read it to hubby... he enjoyed!