Man of a certain age

Makes me think that ...

Still powerfully built, but subject to aches,
Still he has just about got whatever it takes.
Strong and fit, given up trying to beat boys,
Now TV and booze are his favourite toys.

Wearing glasses, but only readers, honest,
The glint in his eye, a reflection of promise.
They only help him to see the pain in all,
Every negative connotation, however small.

Every decision now shapes his remaining time,
No innocence of youth, no simple rhyme.
Willingly carrying others expectation in tow,
He is now reaping the seed that he did sow.

Everything used to be simple, clean and slow,
He’s looking on with a growing nostalgic glow.
The future, confusing and increasingly manic,
He is looking forward, with a slowly rising panic.

Our work lifecycle often mirrors our lifecycle out of work. As we move through the phases and then reach a certain age at home and in work our abilities, skills, experience and emotions are focused by the realisation that what was once infinite in now finite. In the work 'Man of a certain age' Loot points to one set of the emotions that start by sneaking up on you, sometimes swamp you and often then leave you. And you wonder.

Loot

2015

Narrator:

Lorraine Ansell

This poem is narrated by Lorraine Ansell​ a British female voice over artist who is graciously supporting WorkInWords.

If you would like to make a recording of this poem, click here to find out how.

More people are writing and thinking about work-based poetry. Does this poem make you think of anything? Send your thoughts to editor@workinwords.net.

Send a poem you've written or one you like and we'll share it with other WorkInWords readers.

WorkInWords

Work dominates our lives. WorkInWords.net offers you a place to read and listen to what people think and feel about the work they do. Please send us yours with this link or email: editor@workinwords.net.

 

Our key words are: Read | Listen | Work | Feelings | Experiences | Attitudes | Behaviour

© by Organisational Poetry.

Proudly created with Wix.com

  • Black SoundCloud Icon
  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon
  • Black YouTube Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon