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When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his 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 Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his 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 sock 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 boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom 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 man 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 woman is 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 wife is now 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 man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man 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 cranky old man .
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!

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I saw and read  this story last year. Its been all over the internet after that. :)
 
This is so sweet, sad, touching, no word can really describe it
 
If we are lucky enough . We all get to be old .
 
He looks like dopey off of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs...He is an amazing poet...I love poetry!! <3 :)
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Tracie Luong... YOU are freaking gross and ugly.
You too shall age, we a will...
With your attitude now... you will forever be ugly
 
Wow, this is what people have come to? Having a go at a man's appearance due to his age while trying to be witty? Whatever happened to a bit of common decency instead of trying to be the next daft comedian? 
 
gr8 poem! i love it! respect to that man!
 
Did anybody check this on Snopes? Or do we still believe everything we see on the net?
 
true that... just cuz he don't look the best don't mean u have to be mean... u might have known him and he could have made ur life awesome.... even if it was just for a second...
 
That made me cry! It is amazing! Love to his family & friends
 
What he or any elder looks like does not matter.  When you look directly at an elder person's heart in the right way, you'll find a huge amount of compassion.  Elders are also very humble & filled with wisdom.  Acknowledge them!!!!
 
Hasn't he the most beautiful eyes. Thank you for sharing this.
 
people shouldn't be judged by the obvious but what is made up of them
 
That just made me appreciate all our elders out there, and tracie luong...
You are so ignorant and i'm sorry for you. It's people like you that ruin and disgrace all the values people hold dear to them. I wish you would fall into a sarlac pit.
 
Some of the comments are disrespectful! Wait until you get older 
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This poem was given to us in nursing school 25 years ago and its author was listed as unknown. This poem is widely known in geriatric care settings. Does not detract from its very touching message.
 
"Plz dnt Judge me nd I wont Judge u......Coz It will get ugly b4 it getz Beautiful" CHRIS BROWN
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This stole my heart. 
 
nice poem... i will try and remember that every time I see an elderly.
 
beautiful poem !!!! I always respected elder people , but now ... I just have to respect them EVEN more !!
 
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i respect the people around me every person has a choice of living a smile helps them get through it!!x
 
What a beautiful poem.  Yes, no doubt old people are looked upon as objects not humans.  The body does decay but the spirit still burns bright inside.  Learn to love even the old people.
 
With the internet there is no guarantee on the story of who wrote the poem; but, it doesn't matter to me! It is good whoever it is that wrote it may be!
 
What beauty with in, yes he was so right, our body will age, but our mind will always feel like a twenty one year old, so please be nice to an old person for how true one day we will be that old person unable to care for one self.
 
+Michael George Of course everything is true on the internet and I expect my male model from Paris any minute now.  LOL...referencing State Farm State of Disbelief commercial
 
wow!!! i suddenly miss my granny :/
 
yeah quite a rebuke to us but also an instruction
 
poor man:( :( thats such a lovely poem
 
Sandra Pye  The poem was so touching and true.  Some people look at the old in a different way.  They still have a heart and soul. They've lived a life.  They need to be talked to in a compassionate manner not as just a  being to be fed, bathed, and talked at all the time.  
 
+tracie luong do u seriously think you look any better? If so go get a working mirror..... that old man is butiful(at least on the inside) but u, ur ugly (inside and outside)!!!!
 
Response to Michael George - Yes, this was covered in Snopes many years ago.  And as at least one other's mentioned, it really doesn't matter as it's not the story behind the poem that counts.  It's the meaning behind the poem.
 
So sweet and reminds us what you see is not what is inside a person. We all will walk this road one day so look your next elder with respect and dignity.
 
better yet i blocked her entirely
 
It really is eye opening, we have become complacent in the way we treat elderly. But lest we forget they had a life too maybe even more vibrant than ours and they have valuable words of wisdom to share like this poem has suggested.
 
Its very beautiful when your getting old, very cute
 
This is an emotional thing that must be heard
 
Touch my deepest within, reminds me of my grand ma who pass at 105...
 
Neither mother, nor children, nor kinsmen, nor dear familiar friends follow a man in death; he departs alone. The deeds alone which he has done are his fellow-travellers. (Mahabharat)
 
Wow speechless.. Definitely opens ones eyes 
 
i love it!:) this old folk is kikkass
 
This is very touching! I love how everyone can see the beauty and wisdom in the elder!!!
 
He wrote so eloquently what is often in my heart now, when I catch my physical reflection in the mirror. If this is, indeed, his photo, his eyes are windows to the soul of a poet.
 
Very touchi. this is LIFE. Respect the elder specially the ones close to you.
 
Old age is something that you always hate to accept, but is an undeniable irrevocable event waiting to happen. No one (including me) cares these days about the old, even if it's one's parents. When I was young, I thought I would grow up to be the best son in the world caring for my parents to the end, but I grew up to find a competitive world craving for money on every beat and I eventually became a part of it running behind money and career. I left my parents back, I call them up and talk to them of course, but I am holding back on a lot of things which I wanted to do for them because I don't want to separate ways with my money or my wife.. 
 
that was definitely an awwwwwwh..... moment 
 
Breaks my heart, yet is so real, my own mother in a nursing home, ALZHIEMER'S taking it's toll.  Loving , caring forever more.  The elderly deserve our attention, and our love.
 
This also speaks for my friends profoundly disabled with cerebral palsey. Bless you, David and Christy.
 
that is just such a touching picture....i have lisp...just saying
 
Beautiful - that's why I so much respect and love old people. They have so much to give....more than most can imagine.
 
I totally agree with you about respecting old people. They talk their history about them and so on.
 
Beautiful but so sad life really is
cruel! !
 
i am soon-to-be nurse and reading this poem made me cry. i will definitely remember this every time i go into my patient's room. it's very inspiring. :)
 
omg i feel so bad....he is adorable
 
I always saw old people as mentors or life teachers. Because they must be doing something right. To live that long!
 
John Prine wrote a beautiful song like this called Hello in There. My own mother is 90 and I've learned so much from her during this time. My brother doesn't like old things,old people or old animal. I feel he missed the lessons he could learn from them that become tools for his old age.

 
I have seen this it's so true from the old guy!! I love it!!!
 
He looks half monkey half man.
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amazing, so true they were once young and live life, add we all are living life. yes i will pass it on.
 
took my breath away and tears...
 
Everyday people take advantage of an elder but they don't realize their people to they once lived like u and me..... their just older now and have to have help doing things..... this poem is touching it warmed my heart 
 
What a bullshit story this is. The original version of this chainmail was about an old woman from the UK. In reality, this was a poem written by Phyllis McCormack in the mid-sixties, a nurse in a Scottish hospital which was published in their newspaper.

Really, think for a moment when you read the background story. A man that is barely able to hold anything anymore, that needs to be helped with everything that had to happen supposedly writes this poem? Fuck off.

The poem is good on its own merits and doesn't need to be ruined with lies.
 
This story very touched make me feel sad
 
Thats so good made me cry and we do forget that are elders are what we have.....we have to lissen and take care of them as they did for us
 
A wise man, my mind still sharp......... with talented wit,
My eyes may look dim.....but I see the way they look at me.

I miss my grandparents so much. The last years where so hard to see my wise sweet grandmother loose he mind and her body to age.
 
The world thinks you start to die once you hit 50....dumb world...
 
its bitter but heart-warming =' ) 
 
Brilliant, simply brilliant 
 
The cycle of life, bitter sweet. Beautiful yet so sad. To all the stupid comment about this man's appearance, the world needs less people like you. 
 
Poetic indeed.  Its difficult to see things from another's perspective if we're not either reminded or if we haven't the contextual reference.

The people that mock the way he looks are simply lacking in experience, but I'm sure, if they make it to that point, and gain the WISDOM to reflect will look back and see how foolish they were.

Let's write off some of the dumb comments as ignorance and simple mindedness.  You can't help stupid.
 
that's words so true one day we be there too, I miss my Dad!!!
 
wow ~ this is a great poem...
 
words r so touching. I miss my grandpaa..
 
We should have empathy and respect for elders, as well as those who are of our own age... we need empathy, not sympathy. They are human beings just like we are... It was very touching to read this poem.
 
This poem is so deep and heartfelt. My mom raised me to respect the elders and I will raise my children that way too. And Tracy...shame on you - bottom line. Denial at this point only makes you look worse then you already do, to be honest. The only chance of respect you have is admitting your ignorance
 
Never a truer word spoken or written. What a legacy to us all.
 
I loved this when a friend emailed this to me a few months ago. It is indeed a reminder that age has no enemies, and does not care who it comes to. I can only hope those who are insensitive to their elders will one day be elder and have a younger, dumber generation leave comments that they too will not care about because the things they have lived through they now only make video games about....think about that
 
Don't we all wish we coulD live a long life like you DiD
 
We age minute by minute towards this.  Let us not forget to eat well, exercise, help the poor others and be right with God.
 
Thats really really touching!
 
That touched my heart!
 
INSPIRATIONALNESS all opon me and the story :]!!!!
 
Better half aloaf than never dear, just take your first step with confidence and all will be well.
 
I am looking for David Hunter, he resided in Aurora CO for high school. He was my very best friend in the world. He attempted to contact me through my mother years ago, I am sorry David I was unable to contact you when you where here. I still love you! Always and Forever, you are my friend. I would love to see you and share my beautiful grandchildren with you. I am still with my favorite butthead and I still love him. I think of you always and pray that you are happy. If you get a chance to come to CO I would love a hug. Please have a GREAT LIFE and remember I LOVE YOU!
 
This is spot on. One thing you can't stop...and that's time.
 
ye to brak obama ke dada h..... good........ yar
 
That looks really funnny no offence xD
 
Perhaps it will touch the hearts of those who lose patience with the elderly, and will remind them that old people were young once, and had all of the same dreams and aspirations that young people have today. very touching....
 
...my heart......it felt.....something...
 
...and still no name attached to it. It's still "Anonymous". The story means nothing. Probably just a story.
 
Oh what a lovely poem, i shall be reading it over and over
 
He needs to Hang out with the Rich and Famous. 1 week and see how he is treated.
 
damn thank nigga old he need to go to heaven for a better place
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THIS STORY TOUCH MY HEART YOU NEVER KNOW,HOW SOME PEOPLE WILL KEEP EVERTHING TO THEM SELF.DON'T WANT TO SHARE NOTHING OTHER PEOPLE.WITH NO FAMILY HE GAVE UP,AND THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM DIDN'T KNOW.THIS MAY CHANGE THING AROUND THERE NOW ALSO THE WAY TO TREAT PEOPLE THAT AGE.
 
This is very beautiful! It makes me think about my love ones in life. :)

 
Life is like that. There is no other way perhaps!
 
This is one of the sweetest & sadest things i've read in a long time. This is all of us someday.
 
Just keep on living and you'll know what it means to grow old. For people to not see who you really are. Don't be cruel. Have a heart. Try to understand. Show compassion and if you have love, share your love. It comes back to you.
 
We are all going through the same path 
 
To tell the truth @ the of age 47 i recall how my youngest age is so beautiful . it really touch my soul. i love it. it is too good to be forgotten when ever i see an old fellow. thanks to post me really.
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i call bullshit
 
that was a example of solid human persnolity.
D0 or die...
 
thats so sad but yes, so true we must look at our elders and treat them better , dont you all agree
 
I like this . I agree we will all be there someday.
 
wow only my friends will now this but this man reminds me of someone called jack ;)
 
Wow, we all learn in one way or another our mortality. Thank you I needed that:)
 
How wonderful and how true what a wonderful careing person he was....mary calder
 
Compassion for murielle ,mother of Roman soon going to australia in December she ll be a lone mother scaring for her son villeneuve les maguelone france
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Fake.
 
Its very touching.This is a true feeling of a person.
 
That's crazy...They really just looked past him... Great man... R.I.P.
 
Tracie luong ur cold hearted lol girl this poem was touching
 
Sad but true you might be there one day (respect)
 
Don't judge a book by its cover we need to read what's inside b4 we make any judgement 
 
I believe we all look but many are to busy to see
 
It broke my heart :-/
 
awwwwwww thats sooo sad i feel bad for him
 
This beautiful tribute to the appreciation of life & love lived & lost then relived again, can easily apply to those who have had life interrupted by an unexpected disability. Let's not forget that even if  loss of the ability to do something physically, or to lose ones ability to speak does not mean we have stopped living, & in fact, are trying very hard to do just that in any way feasible.  Being ignored by  anyone in a medical sense is heartbreaking & cruel. Acknowledgment that you are NOT forgotten & are still very much alive regardless of limitations, means everything & gives peace &  hope to the soul.
 
+tracie luong Are you playing stupid?? What are we talking about??

Wow... you truly are ignorant and ugly... you should change your skanky profile picture.
 
This is the most touching poem that I have ever read I could barely make it through the thing. #sob
 
Tracie luong have you looked in the mirror lately ! What a sad person you must be.
 
A lovely poem, some peoples comments on the looks of this man are ridiculous. It doesn't matter what he looks like or if this particular individual wrote it. The point is the poem which is honest and gives an insight into what it mist feel like to grow old
 
Its so touching, ill never see an older person the same, respect n dignity ill show cuz one day we all be in their shoes....
 
wow I love that poem! it touches my heart.
 
Good stuff. I feel close to there. Getting closer each day. Such is life.
 
This bring tears to my eyes and heart. He is sooo right! So live life good.
 
It really came from that man's heart....l loved his poem
 
This poem shouuld touch everyone's heart, except the selfish and disrespectful or people who haven't lived long enough to understand it's meaning. 
 
With respect I salute the old man with young soul. U have opened so many peoples eyes and to remind us that live is a bittersweet where we all have to undergo. 
 
+tracie luong ....ummmm you might as well get rid of your picture on Google+ . You made a huge mistake telling us that your face is lacking a large amount of beauty.
 
Still good stuff... Just setting the story straight.
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Man. We should all take a moment and salute whoever wrote this. Truly amazing. Shame some retards (not saying any names) think that its better to judge our looks instead of our personality. Whats next? Black people are ugly? Old people are disgusting? Shame on you.
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I love the poem so sad but happy
 
very touching, and we too get older, new ailments keep creeping up on us all
 
rest in peace old friend so sad inside
 
We are getting there Yes I sit here crying not only for him but for us.
 
I enjoyed the poem. MOST PEOPLE, think the elderly can not think for themselves!!!!!!! Well this gentleman showed they have better minds than most young people!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Nice poem made me think about my grandparents 
 
His eyes are sparkling... <:)
 
@Alexis, someday both you and I will become elderly too. Maybe by then you'll develop some sense of compassion. 
 
@Tracy Luong u sound dumb little lady. Hope u soon to grow up & if u got grandparents u should go tell them u love them hug & kiss them..
 
Get it straight people!! This is the original Poem(s) by Phyllis McCormick in the 1960's 

"Crabbit Old Woman" 

What do you see, nurse, what do you see? 
What are you thinking, when you look at me- 
A crabbit old woman, not very wise, 
Uncertain of habit, with far-away 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, unresisting or not; lets you do as you will 
With bathing and feeding the long day is fill. 
Is that what you're thinking, Is that what you see? 
Then open your eyes, nurse, you're looking at me. 
I'll tell you who I am as I sit here so still! 
As I rise at your bidding, as I eat at your will. 
I'm a small child of 10 with a father and mother, 
Brothers and sisters, who loved one another- 
A young girl of 16 with wings on her feet, 
Dreaming that soon now a lover she'll meet, 
A bride soon at 20 - my heart gives a leap, 
Recalling the vows that I promised to keep. 
At 25 now I have young of my own 
Who need me to build a secure happy home; 
A woman of 30, my young now grow fast, 
Bound to each other with ties that should last; 
At 40, my young sons have grown and are gone, 
But my man is beside me to see I don't mourn; 
At 50 once more babies play around 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 ones of their own. 
And I think of the years and the love that I've known; 
I'm an old woman now and nature is cruel- 
Tis her jest to make old age look like a fool. 
The body is crumbled, 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 joy, 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, nurse, open and see, 
Not a crabbit old woman, look closer- 
See Me.

A Nurse's reply "To the 'Crabbit Old Woman"

What do we see, you ask, what do we see? 
Yes, we are thinking when looking at thee! 
We may seem to be hard when we hurry and fuss, 
But there's many of you, and too few of us. 
We would like far more time to sit by you and talk, 
To bath you and feed you and help you to walk. 
To hear of your lives and the things you have done; 
Your childhood, your husband, your daughter, your son. 
But time is against us, there's too much to do - 
Patients too many, and nurses too few. 
We grieve when we see you so sad and alone, 
With nobody near you, no friends of your own. 
We feel all your pain, and know of your fear 
That nobody cares now your end is so near. 
But nurses are people with feelings as well, 
And when we're together you'll often hear tell 
Of the dearest old Gran in the very end bed, 
And the lovely old Dad, and the things that he said, 
We speak with compassion and love, and feel sad 
When we think of your lives and the joy that you've had, 
When the time has arrived for you to depart, 
You leave us behind with an ache in our heart. 
When you sleep the long sleep, no more worry or care, 
There are other old people, and we must be there. 
So please understand if we hurry and fuss - 
There are many of you, 
And so few of us.
 
By: Phyllis McCormack
 
Wow I just seen some peoples comments that are so rude and disrespetful. His because you think your all that think again. You may look nice on the outside but dang sure not on the inside. You people that are so disrespectful need to realize your beauty will not last forever. You to grow old and so does your looks. You could be in any kind of accidents and instantly your beauty be stripped away. Also how would you feel if you found out that this man was a hero for saving peoples lives and worked his butt off to make 1 change that has made your life as good as it is today. So I suggest you start showing and giving respect.
 
he looks like a monkey but that's a touching story!
 
Tracie Luong your face looks like a FAT ROUND PANCAKE that was dropped on the floor and all stepped on it, you try to hide it behind that frizzy dry hair but I'm sorry to tell that is not working. You are FUGLY on the outside and rotten on the inside.
 
I fuckin like I really dew dew.....chuuuch
 
Tears rolling down my face :( great poem whoever wrote it 
 
I THINK THAT FAMILY IS 4 EVER THEY TAKE CARE At as when baby we shall te care at theme old age
 
Wow. That's a heart-tugger. Makes one mindful of the value of life, appreciating the moments given, and to live to fill one's life w/good, in order to have good things to remember, especially when one day our frames begin to fail us and we prepare for our new lives on the other side.
 
So sad! Reminds me of my mother. Humbling thoughts
 
Forgot to mention Tracie Luong, that u remind us all of a Thai tranny experiment gone wrong, and of Hungover 2
 
its touch mah heart..and really sad..soo people love yur elderz
 
OMG...! Heart rending...Very tearful right now, as a RN I feel it even more because of the things I have experienced in the past...
 
so sad yet so happy. a man tells that you need to look closer to see what there is in side there is a story to tell. but if you don't look you can never hear. i read this with tears in my eyes knowing that soon we will get there, and also knowing that what happen to him can happen to anyone.
 
U can tell,the young from mature,that was sad.dont take life for granted,live life to the fullist.dont let yur dreams go.
 
My heart is melting from such powerful and poetic words.  Thank you for sharing this one.   Tears!  ~
 
this is great! this goes so much deeper than a handsome older man, this is for all!
 
this is actually fake.  The poem is real but it has no story connected about an old man
 
I love it's kinda sad but true 1 day we all will be a crackling old man or woman

 
Sitting here with tears in my eyes,
Reading this poem of an old mans demise.
Its true what he says, about not seeing whats there.
A lonely old man alone in his chair.
 
Having just buried my father-in-law this so reminded me of him as he lay in that wretched shell of a body for several years.  However, the smile on his face and the soft whisper of a greeting was always a joy to see.  He is blessed to have passed on to a better life.  This is a tribute to him from my sister-in-law  Grace has brought me home..
 
Awesome... He made my present feel more important than ever...!
 
Snopes.com people. Snopes! Am I living in a world of two year olds?
 
This poem is something words can not describe. I don't even know who this guy is or who he was but I love him. Also he is very good with words!
 
wow touching words sums it all up .  all us of will die but which of us actually lived
 
amazing poet at this day and age.have alot of respect for elders they seen and experienced alot over their life time. u may need their wisdom and advice sometime down the road. have respect and acknowledge them if u happen to pass an elder. 
 
truly emotional n secret disclosed.

 
This old man must be at least 100 years old
 
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Wow tha's true ..
The best thing of everyone are nottouching r inside our soul
 
I have the greatest respect for all my elders. I worked with the elderly for 20 years and loved them all dearly. I always treated them with respect such loving people. God bless each and every one of them. I have a life time of fond memories 
 
Wow Profound & Deep ! Treat all With respect and dignity.
 
Every one should share this post.
 
it was very sad and interesting
 
This is such a deep poem. We should all think before we speak and before we act and be kind to everyone because you never know when it will b. u.
 
I'm not even 50 and I think of death every day.
 
I have changed my career from banking to health career, so I can work with people.
My work is not a job. It is so rewarding.
When they smile and say thank you for taking Care of them. It isn't about making money. It is doing something that makes you happy. You can't take money or anything with you when you leave this earth. 
 
What a beautiful soul! What a beautiful picture!
Unlike the celebrities who like to go under the knife,
who rush to get their dose of botox or
whatever the fad there is.
Poor souls, they place  importance on the least important thing: appearance!
 
A very cruel fact and a very heart touching poem that aroused a feeling of fear deep inside me
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Sad story in some ways.
 
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Tracie luong you're a grade A moron.
 
ewww what shat in his motha fucken cereal this morning i think he got raped all over. literally
 
Leo Lopez you are right in every way about Tracy luong
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+tracie luong, you're an original grade A moron. That man has done what nobody in your miserable life will ever equal.
 
Meagan Boak,that was really ignorant of you to say when the truth is you're actually the ugly one on the inside for posting such a statement!!!!!!! You could have kept your opinion to yourself,ijs show some respect for the deceased.
 
This was so sad. I cried. It is true that our elderly do not get treated properly and are often forgotten, people need to remember that they are human, with families, thoughts, wisdom, and love, and one day you too will be old.  Wouldn't you want to be treated respectfully and as if you matter?
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I love this poem; someday we may be in the same boat!
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Tracie. How ironic that you fail to see beauty when it could not be more obvious. You have an impoverished life. Open your eyes you are pitiful.
 
TRACIE LUONG YOU NO RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY, THIS SO SAD ON YOUR PART, HOWEVER HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IF SOMEONE SAID WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT YOUR GRANDFATHER? THAT MAN KNEW MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER NO. 
 
I tried to find this on Snopes and couldn't. I see in various posts other possible sources of this wonderful poem. The poem and not the source is what is moving. Both my parents lived into their late eighties and died slow deaths that took away their memories, their dignity and eventually their lives. They were good people who did the best they could for me. I miss them every day and try to use the lessons they gave me in raising my own children. I am now blessed with my first grandchild.
Sadly forums like this allow the heartless and people with no empathy or compassion to make cruel comments. To all of them I extend my pity because the day will come when they may remember their public comments and deeply wish they could take them back. As my mom said "If you can't say something nice about someone keep your mouth shut!"

 
Ms. Luong, 
You should be ashamed of yourself! You have no respect for the elderly, who have lived, and learned more about life than you or I have! They deserve respect, appreciation, compassion, a helping hand, and gratitude. Do you talk about your own grandparents and parents in the same way? No doubt they would be ashamed to know how you treat others. The elderly have so much that we could benefit from today. They have lived through it, done it, seen it, lived, laughed, loved someone special, worked hard to support their family and lost their own loved ones along the way.
You need to grow up and quit acting like a spoiled a$$! When you mature and grow old, remember these things you have said, because believe me, "What goes around comes around!"  
 
Tracie Luong... YOU are freaking gross and ugly.
You too shall age, we a will...
With your attitude now... you will forever be ugly
 
Looking for the mans name do you know it? Anyone?
 
Unbelievably touching if only we paid more attention to the elderly a smile and a little conversation can make a great difference
 
A wonderful script of writing. The journey of life...
 
Wow. That was.... so beautiful. And sort of painful to read. It reminded me of my Grandpa K. He was 81 and had dimensia/altzheimers and I remeber visiting him one day. He didn't remember me. My Grandma tried to feed him his lunch and had to feed it to him like a baby. He barely spoke and when he did it was incoherent and didn't make any sense. I remember my grandma telling me about how the nurses in the nursing home would almost never give him showers. They never watched him to make sure he ate all his food. One day it got so bad that my grandma got a call in the middle of the night telling her that he had fainted and he was brought to the hospital. Turns out he was malnourished and his weight was way lower than it should have been. I remember going to the hospital and seeing him. He was a pretty big man and so it was quite a shock when we lifted his shirt and found that we could count his ribs. His stomach was sunken in lower than his ribs. He looked like those malnourished people in Africa. Those horrible nurses almost killed him because they didn't watch him enought. No matter who wrote the poem, the meaning it still the same and should be taken quite seriously. Our beautiful elders are wise and lonely. They need someone to be kind to them and to talk to them and to help them to make their departing eaisier. May the all rest in peace and bless you Grandpa K. I love you and miss you so much

By the way all the pathetic, ingorant, stupid, disgusing, and horribly rude people who are writing about this elerly old man's appearance are seriously terrible. Firstly, you will all end up like that, secondly, you already look even worse on the inside, and thirdly, if all you really care about is appearances, you will never truly be happy. So get your life and stfu with your rude, idiotic statments about how he looks. No one cares how he looks, it's about what is on the inside and the meaning of the poem.
 
Really impressing! Those who have lost their grandfather understand it deeply.
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so do i, i wish i could see my grandpa once more
 
but i was twelve when he died... i loved him and even now i love him
 
That is such a good story!(-;
 
That's stark reality.
Richard Connery, that's funny
 
he left a messege of tolerance,patince and love ,a lesson to all ...great poem,silent man spoke :.!
 
If you are blessed enough you will recognize the beautiful wisdom of old age. His Poetry & sensitivity and especially his kindness (
No guilt trip laid) are a wonder
I wish I knew him

Ly Luu
 
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!
 
Beautiful. A very rich soul in that man. He left a blessing on each person
 
Amarilis Gonsalez talking about the "father of her daughter constantly" wanting to kill his as.
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