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You once told me that, “Our conversations are our prayers.”

Toward the end, my friend, your world became small,
Your eyesight became blindness, your hearing silenced,
It was difficult to breathe and the wondrous smells
Of the trees and grass were invisible to you.
You needed a wheelchair to navigate those long halls, and those long halls,
With the shouting of other people’s emotional pain, infringed on your serenity.
There were times even god may have seemed to be running away
From the confines of what would never be home…..

[Please see my poetry/prose for the rest of the poem.]

If we are not yet where this old man is, we will be soon enough….


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When I lived in Wyoming (my soul state), I mostly took nature shots, often macro works, including plant life. Now that I live in a city, I still love nature work, and I also love architecture, design, geometry, urban art, etc. My work tends to be abstract, expressionistic, impressionistic, or minimalistic. I hope I continue to see with fresh eyes, and like a child, capture the a sense of wonder of this fantastic world and its people.

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  • sharon burger
    sharon burgerabout 2 years ago

    Oh my Lenore, this is a real tear jerker. And so very real, and so very easy to turn a blind eye to, the most heart breaking place in the world is a nursing home. I hope to die in the embrace of my family…

  • Thank you, Sharon. I combined an older poem of mine with this new image, both about elderly men….

    – Lenore Senior

  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonabout 2 years ago

    Very evocative image and poem, Lenore. Based on the recent years of visiting relatives in hospitals and nursing homes, it seems our society has a lot to learn about aging and dying. It is not pleasant to think about being there, but most of us will be.

  • Thank you, Ellen, for your thoughtful response. As a grief counselor, I could expound for hours on this subject, but I’ll spare everyone! Thank you for your sensitivity on this subject.

    – Lenore Senior

  • Farfarm
    Farfarmabout 2 years ago

    Touching age….beautiful moment !

  • Farfarm…my apologies, for some reason, I didn’t see your comment. Thank you so much for your support here. Very appreciated.

    – Lenore Senior

  • Katerina Apostolakou
    Katerina Apost...about 2 years ago

    Amazing poem and image Lenore!!!

  • Dear Katerina! I’m so sorry I didn’t see your comments previously. Thank you so much and I’m glad you also like the poem.

    – Lenore Senior

  • Albert
    Albertabout 2 years ago

    If we are not yet where this old man is, we will be soon enough…. ..yep…it won’t be long for me.

  • Yes, Albert, I understand. I’m up there in years myself, though I don’t look it yet, it won’t be long! I find this man poignant, yet still able to function and go about his business independently. Thank you for your support.

    – Lenore Senior

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