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Old Man?

Sixty Six Years On Planet Earth

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 2 months ago 4 min read
Me In Alnwick Last Week


For this poem, I was in several minds on which piece of music to choose. First of all, there was Neil Young's "Old Man", but I certainly don't feel old or, I don't think, act old.

While I was thinking of putting this in the Vocal Poets Community maybe it should go in the Vocal Longevity community because it has hit six hundred words so there should be no issue.

It's just that it is a story that contains a poem (which is the meat of this story). I hope that it is not too much for you. It is a bit of a self interviw.

That is the thing about the online community you can be shocked by the physical age of people when you see them and the same age you think you are yourself. Well no, I am not shocked I am full of admiration for them.

When people complain or worry about getting older I tell them I am not too keen on the alternative. I have been in that mindset myself, but shall we say getting older has taught me that you can always find things to lift your spirits and make you feel good whatever your age.

This is a free-form poem documenting how I have felt at certain stages in my life and I will be very glad to be sixty-six because the alternative is not too appealing.

I will add a few story links at the end that relate to things that have happened.

Old Man?


When I Was Eight I Thought My Uncle And Friends Were Old At Sixteen


When I Was Sixteen I Thought I Would Kick It In At Twenty-One By Driving Off A Cliff

But I Got A Guitar And A Girlfriend


At Twenty Four I Became A Dad To Juliet

At Twenty Seven I Became A Dad To Kirsty

Two Beautiful Brilliant Daughters With Whom I Will Be Birthday Luncing On Sunday

I Also Was The Most Scared In My Life When I Was One Of The First People to Contract ITP And I Thought I Would Not See My Daughters Grow Up

I Gained A Taste For Guinness, Stout And Porters While Recovering From ITP On Medical Advice


Thirty I Lost My Mum And Moved To The North East From Preston

My Dad Would Not Allow Anyone To Mention That He Was Fifty, He Is Ninety Next Year

I Played With Spoon (The Geordie One) Between My Thirties And Forties


Between Forty And Fifty, I Visited Mexico, Hungary, and Ireland With Fiona

We Were In Mexico When 911 Hit And I Was Worried Sick For My Mate Jim Who Was Working In The World Trade Centre That Week, But He Will Be Sixty In January

Then We Saw Shakespeare Plays In Stratford

I Also Started A Blog

I Got Diabetes


Fifty Scared Me Because That Was The Age That My Mum Died

I got Cirrhosis of The Liver

Got Made Redundant and Accidentally Fell Into The Best Place I Have Ever Worked

Kept Writing And Scrapped My Last Car

Still Couldn't Write A Book


Then Sixty Hit

This Is Where I Am Now

I Became A Grandad With The Arrival of Alexis Leia

Vocal Tempted Me And I Joined Up But Wasn't Sure What I Was Doing

The My Friend Les Sent Me Two Tips And Made Me Believe I Could Write

Vocal Turned Me Into A Writer

Then I Got A Copy Of Les's Book For Alexis Leia

We Had A Conversation About Self-Publishing

I Investigated It For Les And Accidentally Published My First Anthology

I Got Hit With Liver Cancer And With The Help Of The NHS And My Friends Beat It

My Surgeon Is The Same Age As Me And Said "I Intend To Live Way Pat A Hundred, And Expect You Do As Well, And There Is No Reason Why We Shouldn't"

So Sixty Six Beckons, I Have Published Books And Know I Can Write

And The Music I Have Chosen Is "Keep On Moving" Because That Is What We Must Do.


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I still feel and act as though I am fifteen and intend to keep on keeping on.

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  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    Loved your sentiments here and that you shared some of your history and pivotal events with us! Great job and great song. 😊

  • Ariel Joseph2 months ago

    Happy early birthday! 🎂

  • Mariann Carroll2 months ago

    Advanced Happy Birthday 🥳🥰💝

  • I'm exactly half your age! Enjoy your birthday lunch with Juliet and Kirsty! Loved your reflections and poem!

  • Not minding getting older as it beats the alternative is something my dad always liked to say. I would point out that, while I understood the sentiment, as a Christian I had to disagree at least somewhat. He called me a few days ago right before my birthday &, as I noted that he has a significant milestone coming up in December (he also will be 90), he told me that age is just a number, every day is a blessing, each day you either wake up to a new day or you wake up in glory. I like that. Happy Birthday, my friend, whenever it is. I'm only a couple of years behind you.

  • Naomi Gold2 months ago

    LOVE this! To live life is such a blessing. It’s amazing how our perception of age changes, and how we go from fearing aging (because it brings us closer to death), to embracing each extra year of life. You certainly captured that in your poem.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Your mind believes everything you tell it!!! Keep on moving, my friend!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Just keep on moving! You’re never old unless you think you’re old! Great work and well written! Great job! ❤️🩷🤍💛💙💚🩵🤎🩶💜🖤🧡😍

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