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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Charade (08/14/08)

TITLE: Growing Old Charade
By Verna Cole Mitchell


If I am only ten years old,
When did I get so tall,
And why do I now walk with care
For fear that I may fall?

It seems I might hear Mama call
“It’s time to come to dinner,”
Or play a game of tag with friends
Where I could be the winner.

I'd like to run and skip and jump
And dance and shout with glee,
Or else to fly on roller skates
And climb the tall oak tree.

But I've got wrinkles grooved upon
My cheeks once smooth and clear,
And now when people talk to me,
Sometimes I cannot hear.

And though I do not see as well
As I did way back when,
I know the Lord is with me yet
As He has always been.

I wouldn’t give up being Mom
Or Grandma, either one,
But I’d trade off my aching back
For little children’s fun.

I might be a participant
In Growing Old’s parade,
But in my heart of hearts I know
That’s only a charade.

The truth I am compelled to tell
That cannot be denied:
No matter how I look or feel,
I’m still just ten inside.

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Betsy Markman08/21/08
I love this! I want to find this old dear and give her a hug...

(And just in case you're wondering, I'm not really 43 either...definitely not...couldn't be...)
Lynda Schultz 08/21/08
How true, how true. Very nice.
Joanne Sher 08/21/08
So sweet and delightful. Lovely.
Laury Hubrich 08/22/08
O man! I love how you summed up getting old. Great job!
Deborah Engle 08/22/08
Great job.
LaNaye Perkins08/25/08
This was great! I love this dear old one, and can so relate! Well done!
Yvonne Blake 08/25/08
Ahhh...If you're only as old as you feel, you can still be ten in your heart anytime you want.
Cheri Hardaway 08/25/08
Delightful and well done!!! Nice work. Blessings, Cheri
Sharlyn Guthrie08/25/08
I love your childlike tone throughout this. Very nice and sooo true!
Catrina Bradley 08/25/08
Oh, I feel this way too! I'm NOT a grown-up, let alone OLD! Super job.
Leah Nichols 08/26/08
Great writing! I can't relate quite yet, but I'll take your word for it. :)
Joanney Uthe08/26/08
Charming poem. One of the greatest compliments I've ever recieved is when I told a group of preschoolers that I didn't want to grow up, I want to stay a kid. One of them answered, "You kinda are, Miss Joanney." I like this charade.
Joy Faire Stewart08/27/08
Oh! I love this and perfect for the topic.
Beth LaBuff 08/27/08
Ageless thoughts and perfect meter! :) I love the line, "I'm still just ten inside." It ties your poem together with the beginning so nicely. I think a lot of us can relate to "I'd trade off my aching back for little children's fun." I've had my Sunday School kids guess my age… their answers are so flattering. :)
Betty Castleberry08/27/08
This is so precious. I can relate to it, too. I am SO young inside, no mater what the outside says. Very well done.
Patricia Turner08/27/08
Love your poem - it does well to describe the phrase "young at heart."
LauraLee Shaw08/27/08
Well, how clever is this! Love this rhyme, the story told with the message between every line: grow older joyfully and gracefully.
Helen Dowd08/27/08
Oh how very true! We never see ourselves as being as old as we are. I often wonder, too, when did I get old? However, they say that "youth is an attitude." ...
"AGE is not reckoned just by years....It has no special date....Some folks are old at forty,...some, young at ninety-eight." (Quote from a poem of mine."...Helen
Sherri Ward08/28/08
Sadly true in a way, and yet we know we shall all delight in eternal youth when He comes again. Lord, come soon!
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