Old Age Artifice

Taking an old poem and writing a parody of it.

When You Are Old

BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,

And nodding by the fire, take down this book,

And slowly read, and dream of the soft look

Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

 

How many loved your moments of glad grace,

And loved your beauty with love false or true,

But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,

And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

 

And bending down beside the glowing bars,

Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled

And paced upon the mountains overhead

And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

MY PARODY

Old Age Artifice

When you are old, oh don’t think that you know

For all you have hidden, perhaps now you will show

Your true self no longer a reason to disguise

You say what you want and you don’t close your eyes

 

Only the lids that cover and protect

You see and you hear,  sense and inspect

The situation they surmise you may not have to fear

I’ve watched life go on when they say death is near

 

And all those regrets from fleeting days gone

Well this is one stage on which perhaps you’ll perform

And your grand finale will leave mouths agape

And your life in the twilight will finally take shape

 

 

 

 

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About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. Recently I have begun writing a couple of blogs. One poetry and one on hope. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused. Soon to be added is another blog...writings on hope from a biblical perspective. Now it can be seen at purplepandasandotherphenomena.blogspot.com. please feel free to visit.
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