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I used to walk a mile or more
through hot summer woods and boggy marsh
to fish beaver ponds that had no shore
and never thought the price too harsh

At work I'd walk the tops of walls
ten feet tall, four inches wide
while building rooms, closets and halls
and never sway from side to side

This lame old dude even ran track
a lean and thin fleet athlete
even pole vaulted onto a cushioned sack
of energy I was replete

But that was decades in the past
a different life, a different time
now instead of being young and fast
I sit and write in verse and rhyme

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Your rhyme is perfect, and the content of nature and personal feeling makes this a good poem. I relate to it much as I always do, with the thought, that you could be writing about me! ~ Gee

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But I WAS writing about you.........and me....and all us other old dudes lol.................stan

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I remember all the things I used to do like snow skiing and driving my motorcycle all with the wind in my face. Those old memories bring back a joyous time in life. Now I watch from the side lines and write my poetry, like you. The times change, my friend and so must we. Your title is appropriate and this piece flows well. In fact it flows so well that I didn't even notice your easy rhyming scheme.

One suggestion:

pole vaulted pole vaulted into a cushioned sack

remove one of the "pole vaulted" from this line.

love, Cat

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I can type well or I can type fast,but This proves I can't do both lol. Thanks for the visit and mentioning typo............stan

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now instead of being young and fast
I sit and write in verse and rhyme



we oldy moldy folks have to find new hobbies as our bodies betray us don't we ?...................stan

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I love it my friend, I am afraid that I too am now condemed to sit and write instead of run and jump

You can never pick anyone up if you are busy putting them down

Good to see you back. Haven't had time yet to watch your stand up video but shall do so this evening. Thanks for dropping by.......................stan

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I give up .Is that Russian at end of comment?..................stan

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I can still do about everything I used to, just not as fast. Of course in some things slower is better lmao. Hope all is well with vanni.................stan

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An old broken knee keeps me from those ponds now. Too many submerged logs to trip over to risk it. But I DO push myself to do all I can to keep active. Also great to see you on my page................stan

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