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Johnson and Johnson and Saturn...

Sitting with Pop, watching 'Carson'
He's had both his shots
The 80 proof whiskey and his insulin
The TV blares another commercial

He is confused; "Why are they showing a car
When they advertise a science program?"
Now, I'm confused ???
"They said Saturn is coming next"

No, that is a car commercial, Pop
"Jeez, they are so fast, Last time, I thought
That 'Johnson and Johnson' was selling asprin
For the headache you get from buying their car"

"It's all so fast these days, doesn't anyone slow down?"
"There's too much going on all at the same time"
Sometimes, I feel the same way Pop
Did you eat your dinner they brought you?

"That crap? The turkey this and the turkey that
"Three times this week; and no cranberry sauce!"
I'll make you something Pop, how about some eggs?
"And sausage?" Yeah, and sausage...

As I wash the dishes, he yells: "Goddamn them Russians!"
I wonder; what has he heard now?
Can you get in bed by yourself tonight?
"Sure kid, I grabbed another belt before you remembered
to put the bottle up."

I'm thinking... another trip down here tonight
Good thing it's only downstairs
Let me check your sugar, Pop
"So soon? Everything goes so fast"

I know, Pop, I know...

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I only realized today; what my father meant,. I feel left behind; everything moves so fast these days.
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an amusing, yet somewhat sad poem about old age and life in a retirement home I assume? Good thing they allow/ed your dad to keep firewater in his quarters; some places won't allow it. He passed on by now? Sorry if so. Getting old--worse yet--fragile, is unthinkable for me, and yet, I'm 86 years myself; kind of difficult to keep up with a youngish wife, but I'm tenacious. You are a good son, sir; Great write. Van.

a nursing home. My father bought a two-family house and we were living upstairs and he had the apartment downstairs.
My wife and I both worked and he had Meals-On-Wheels deliver to him for dinner. After he passed on, [1995] and the recession came, we had problems keeping the house and the bank wound up getting it. My father was an amputee [left leg] more than half way up the thigh, from a motorcycle accident at nineteen and an injury at work to his hip, in his fifties. He had worked as a welder in American Locomotive here in Schenectady for twenty-six years. He was confined to a wheelchair.
Thanks for the read and comments. ~ Geez.
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Oh so endearing this is, I just adore your conversation with pops, you know I am still quite young but just before Christmas I went to a very well known digital centre, where I was looking to purchase a new music system, it's no secret that I am not techno wise but, my goodness I really miss my mum's old record player! LOL the 80's were simpler times for me my friend, I've always been old fashioned I like the old stuff. I didn't buy a music system in the end because now they call them (Bose station) I haven't got a clue how to down load stuff to that. For now I'll keep my old way of life playing my music. I loved your poem Sir. Full of Nostalgia and appreciation for times gone by. Not that there is anything wrong with techno world but I too am left behind. X

Thank you...Teddy

the tech-world gets more and more complicated and young people seem to want and need more and faster stimulation every day. My grandson has his computer going and playing games, his tablet going, watching a video and enough room to monitor a conversation between my wife and I. LoL Talk about multi-tasking! Thank you for your read and comments, it makes me feel slightly better to know that I'm not alone in thinking that this world moves way too fast. ~ Geez.
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Although my husband is a computer expert it doesn't make.any difference to me except sometimes when I delete stuff like emails by accident he helps me.find the. My Son is almost 8 and has never had a tablet or anything. He plays games.like pac-man in the old fashion way on the home computer. I think you have raised a great conversation
I understand why people give their kids phones and I pads in restreaunts but it's not my style, I prefer conversation x

Thank you...Teddy

is 23, so not a baby by any means. I just notice that he needs more stimulation like most kids these days. They play games that are so fast and complicated that I can hardly follow what they are doing. I have grandkids and nieces and nephews that are like 6- 8-12 yrs. old and they fly along like no-body's business. Thank you for the comments and feedback. ~ Geez.
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double post sorry.

Thank you...Teddy

i can see the interactions in the course of the poem. well done!

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This was the product of a conversation that I had with someone recently. We were commiserating about the fact that young people today, seem to need more and faster stimulation. [ the need to have several apps open at once. ] I think they call it multi-tasking? LoL ~ Geez.
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This is a fantastic poem, a story that feels worn with both the joys and burdens of reminiscing. As Van said, both amusing and sad in its own way, and I truly love how you told the story. Amazing work.

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My father and I didn't get along much, for many years. He was a contentious alcoholic that harbored great resentment for the whole world when he drank. When he wasn't drinking or able to have more than a couple; he was a sweet, charming man that despite his handicap of amputation, worked for many years at some hard physical labor. My mother said that he had been a great slow dancer and I saw him swim underwater, so far that we all thought he had drowned. He drove a standard auto and with considerable skill. He cried when he saw me riding my first motorcycle. He had that dry English/British sense of humor, that I think that I have inherited. ~ Geezer.
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<3 <3 I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad you can carry his memory on with your beautiful words

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"The true alchemists do not turn lead into gold; they turn the world into words." -William H. Gass

He has been gone since 1995, so it is not fresh in my mind. I am at the halfway point when it comes to missing him. I have forgiven, but not forgotten some of the things that he did while drinking, but I realize that he was 'sick' with his alcoholism.
It's hard to reconcile some of the things that he did, with the person I knew as a capable, funny man. Anyway, thanks for your read and comments. ~ Geez.
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poem about future shock and how it hits old folks harder than young ones

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