*Crabby Old Woman*

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When an old lady died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near

Dundee Scotland , it was believed that she had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through her 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 Ireland . The old lady’s sole bequest to posterity has since

appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the North Ireland

Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based
on

her simple, but eloquent, poem. And this little old Scottish lady, with
nothing

left to give to the world, is now the author of this “anonymous” poem

winging across the Internet:

*Crabby Old Woman*

What do you see, nurses ……… What do you see?

What are you thinking. When you’re looking at me?

A crabby old woman. Not very wise,

Uncertain of habit, …………… With faraway eyes?

Who dribbles her food …………. And makes no reply.

When you say in a loud voice,.. “I do wish you’d try!”

Who seems not to notice ……… The things that you do,

And forever is losing ……………. A stocking or shoe?

Who, resisting or not, ………….. Lets you do as you will,

With bathing and feeding, . The long day to fill?

Is that what you’re thinking?. Is that what you see?

Then open your eyes, nurse, …….You’re not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am …………… As I sit here so still,

As I do at your bidding, ……….. As I eat at your will.

I’m a small child of ten .With a father and mother,

Brothers and sisters ……………. Who love one another.

A young girl of sixteen .With wings on her feet

Dreaming that soon now ……….A lover she’ll meet.

A bride soon at twenty,…………. My heart gives a leap,

Remembering the vows ……….. That I promised to keep.

At twenty-five now,. I have young of my own,

Who need me to guide ………….. And a secure happy home.

A woman of thirty,………………. My young now grown fast,

Bound to each other. With ties that should last.

At forty, my young sons. Have grown and are gone,

But my man’s beside me. To see I don’t mourn

At fifty once more,………………. Babies play round my knee,

Again we know children,……….. My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me,………… My husband is dead,

I look at the future,…………….. I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing .Young of their own,

And I think of the years …………. And the love that I’ve known.

I’m now an old woman……………. And nature is cruel;

Tis jest to make old age …………Look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles,…………… Grace and vigor depart,

There is now a stone ……………. Where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass ……… A young girl still dwells,

And now and again,……………… My battered heart swells.

I remember the joys,…………….. I remember the pain,

And I’m loving and living………… Life over again.

I think of the years .All too few, gone too fast,

And accept the stark fact ……….. That nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people,……. Open and see,

Not a crabby old woman;………… Look closer….see, ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might

brush aside without looking at the young soul within…..we will all, one

day, be there, too!

About dhavalrajgeera

Physician who is providing free service to the needy since 1971. Rajendra M. Trivedi, M.D. who is Yoga East Medical Advisor www.yogaeast.net/index.htm http://www.yogaeast.net/index.htm Graduated in 1968 from B. J. Medical College, Amadavad, India. Post Graduate training in Neurological Surgery from Charles University in Czechoslovakia. 1969 - 71. and received Czechoslovakian Government Scholarship. Completed training at the Cambridge Hospital and Harvard University in Psychiatry. Rajendra M. trivedi is an Attending Psychiatrist at Baldpate Hospital. He is the Medical Director of CCA and Pain Center in Stoneham, MA where he has been serving the community since 1971 as a Physician. OTHER AFFILIATIONS: Lifer of APA - American Psychiatrist Association Senior Physician and Volunteer with Massachusetts Medical Society and a Deligate of the Middlesex District. www.massmed.org Patron member of AAPI - American Association of PHYSICIANS OF INDIA. LIFE MEMBER OF IMANE - Indian Medical Association of New England. Member of the Board of Advisors "SAHELI, Boston,MA. www.saheliboston.org/About1/A_Board Dr. Trivedi is working closely with the Perkin's School for the Blind. www.perkins.org. Dr. Trivedi is a Life member and Honorary Volunteer for the Fund Raising Contact for North America of BPA - Blind People Association of Amadavad, India. www.bpaindia.org Dr.Trivedi is the Medical Advisor for Yoga East since 1993. He is a Physician who started Health Screening and Consultation At Shri Dwarkami Clinic in Billerica, MA. https://www.dwarkamai.com/health-and-wellness

3 responses »

  1. WE WILL SEE AN OLD AGE AND PASS THE TIME TOO,
    SUCH A ROUTINE OF THE LIFE WE MAY HAVE TOO.
    SO,
    LEARN FROM THIS LADY’S POEM THE WISDOM OF LIFE.
    AND DO SOMETHING NICE TO SAY GOOD BY TO THE LIFE.

  2. Excellant,touching. We are quite on that path.
    One sher of Amrut Ghayal – and my favourite-

    મરવાની અણી પર છું છતાં જીવી શકું છું,
    સંદેહ તને હોય તો, આ પડખું ફર્યો લે.

  3. ‘ Crabby old woman’
    Once upon a time
    C clever
    R Responsible
    A Admirable
    B Beautiful
    B Bold
    Y yes, attirude

    O Organised
    L loving
    D Dear

    W Whimsical
    o Ongoing
    M merciful
    A awesome
    N Nice
    Do you agree with me.

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