Dining Out on Aches and Pains

Dining Out on Aches and Pains

Every day they exercise their God-given right
all of their various maladies and twinges to recite.
Over coffee in the morning and martinis after five,
they nod their heads with wonder that they are still alive.

Over pork with wine sauce, they whine about their bladders.
They complain about dizziness. They cannot ascend ladders.
Obstructions in their bowels and needed hip replacements
seem not to curb their appetites for listing such debasements.

From head to toe, they tell the rest each disease and malfunction,
discuss medicine and herbs, consider extreme unction.
 They moan about their neck aches and complain about each corn.
This relation of their aches and pains amounts to senior porn!

As though proud of each new symptom, they relate them with some glee,
hoping to receive some newfound sympathy from me,
but in fact I’ve heard all of their ills time and time again,
and I think that it’s their telling that is a royal pain!!

Prompts for today are exercise, symptom, royal and rest. Here are the links:

24 thoughts on “Dining Out on Aches and Pains

            1. lifelessons Post author

              You have a very active and logical mind, Janet. I know you keep it busy thinking about more interesting things than contemplating your own navel. I think I try to do the same, but I slip at times.

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            2. slmret

              I do — but it’s easy to slip, too! I just don’t talk about my slips very much! It’s been tough this past year, as I’ve worked through the decision not to move — many of my struggles recently have related to dreams vs. reality, and the reasons for each. Happily, reality has won out, and I’m back to my playful but interesting life. Off to the desert now for a weekend of visiting and flower watching!

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          1. koolkosherkitchen

            That depends on the person, I believe. My father, may he rest in peace, spent the last two months of his life in a wonderful facility (I was so lucky they had a spot for him!), and I had an opportunity to interact with different kinds of elderly people: those who had no other topic for conversation than their maladies and treatments, those who turned themselves off from the world awaiting the end, and those, who enthusiastically participated in every activity offered, availed themselves of the library, and never let the languages be barriers when discussing books, movies, activities, current events, etc. I’ve made a few friends there and still enjoy visiting them.

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