This Old Codger.

The path of my life has been long,

I look back as I sweep majestically

Into old age.

This old codger has had a good life,

And what is more

He is still here,

There is still much to do

To forego that life now.

There are the books I need to read,

You know that list of them

That gets ever longer.

There is music to listen to,

I have heard most of it before

But good music needs hearing,

Again and again.

There are words to write,

Like these ones going onto this page.


So be warned all

As the seven zero of my life approaches

I will be here,

Reading books,

Listening to music,

Writing words.

When that final day on earth comes

I will still be here,

As My Spirit will never cease to exist,

Going on to infinity,

And beyond.



  • orchidee

    Keep on codging and sweeping majestically Gold. I'll lend ya a broom!
    I got to stay, as I got too many songs to sing still. Aww, why people say 'unfortunately!' heehee.

    • Goldfinch60

      I will Orchi, I will.

    • HangingbyaHalo

      This is so beautiful! I think about this a lot, how much more there is do.
      I aspire to be the same way as I age.
      There will always be books to read music to hear and words to write. ❤️

      • Goldfinch60

        Thank you HH, that aspiration is a great way to be, age is just a number.

      • BRIAN & ANGELA

        Thanks ANDY ~ FATS WALLER A Gentleman of JAZZ and STYLE in His dress - singing - piano - great icon of JAZZ ! Love the poem - Growing Old gracefully - AMEN - BRIAN

        • Goldfinch60

          Thanks Brian, well fairly gracefully.

        • Michael Edwards

          I'll stick around with you Andy

          • Goldfinch60

            Of course you will Michael, we still have too much to do.

          • Candlewitch

            "if music be the food of love, play on" your postings are always so meaningful and enjoyable! they brighten my day, thanks for this!

            *hugs, Cat

            • Goldfinch60

              My absolute pleasure Cat.

            • Laura🌻

              A beautiful and inspirational write! The more I read your writings, the better I feel about life in general! Just today, my husband and I were talking about the same subject! We are at a place in our lives where we’re re-evaluating and appreciating our years together! Our children are doing well and we’re very thankful for their successes! If we were to leave this earth today, we’d be fine with that!

              Thank you for your daily share! I always look forward to them!


              • Goldfinch60

                Thank you Laura, so very kind, life is always a pleasure despite its occasional problems.

              • Lorna

                Awwww Andy I hate to burst your bubble but 70 ain't old............ go have a Piggy Beer.......... that being said, I'm glad you are still here.........

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