Ode to Old-ies


Ode to Old-ies
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

Their crowns aren’t made
of gems that don’t fade.
Theirs are mix of greys and whites,
no glitters, just wise lights.
So as the dusk of dawn
erases their minds wits,
as their neurotic lawns
be filled with dried twigs,
to respect and love them
we musn’t forget,
cause their grey crowns aren’t
that easy to get.

Photo credit: Ismael Nieto

In response to Blogging from A to Z Challenge: O is for Ode.


The Ode (from Greek – aeidein “to sing or chant”) is a genre of poetry in which the subject is praised, exalted or favorably contemplated.. The term “ode” is concerned more with its exalted theme than the structure of the poem, although there are variations that do incorporate specific structure or frame in their delivery.

The ode displays three qualities, focus on one subject or object, an extended and elaborated description of the subject and last, a celebratory or praising tone. Edmund Gosse defined the ode as “enthusiastic and exalted lyrical verse, directed to fix purpose and dealing progressively with one dignified theme.” The ode is normally formal and often lengthy, however there are some beautiful odes that are neither lofty nor lengthy. The structure or frame varies depending on the type of ode written. The earliest odes can be traced back to Ancient Greece.

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32 thoughts on “Ode to Old-ies”

  1. It’s Beautiful … Rose… And yes it’s not easy to get… Loved the lines… Short and very meaningful…. And thank you for sharing the added information … 👏👏👏😊🙌

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  2. The photo is endearing. Life lined in years of expression. The poem’s better; the metaphor of crown–grey over gold–is wise. (Yes, you’re wise again.) A respectful, wonderfully-crafted praise of aged persons.

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