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...LIFE.. by Inez Correia Marques



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12.10.2011 at 21:23h
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When an old lady died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Dundee, Scotland, it was felt that she had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through her meager possessions, they found this poem.

Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Ireland.

The old lady's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the North Ireland Association for Mental Health.

A slide presentation has also been made based on her simple, but eloquent, poem.

An Old Lady's Poem

What do you see, nurses, what do you see?

What are you thinking when you're looking at me?

A crabby old woman, not very wise,
uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles her food and makes no reply,
when you say in a loud voice, "I do wish you'd try!"

Who seems not to notice the things that you do,
and forever is losing a stocking or shoe.....

Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will,
with bathing and feeding, the long day to fill....

Is that what you're thinking?

Is that what you see?

Then open your eyes, nurse; you're not looking at me.

I'll tell you who I am as I sit here so still,
as I do at your bidding, as I eat at your will.

I'm a small child of ten ...with a father and mother,
brothers and sisters, who love one another.

A young girl of sixteen, with wings on her feet,
dreaming that soon now a lover she'll meet.

A bride soon at twenty -- my heart gives a leap,
remembering the vows that I promised to keep.

At twenty-five now, I have young of my own,
who need me to guide and a secure happy home.

A woman of thirty, my young now grown fast,
bound to each other with ties that should last.

At forty, my young sons have grown and are gone,
but my man's beside me to see I don't mourn.

At fifty once more, babies play round my knee,
again we know children, my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead;
I look at the future, I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing young of their own,
and I think of the years and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old woman ...and nature is cruel;
'Tis jest to make old age look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles, grace and vigour depart,
there is now a stone where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,
and now and again my battered heart swells.

I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
and I'm loving and living life over again.

I think of the years ......all too few, gone too fast,
and accept the stark fact that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people, open and see,
not a crabby old woman; look closer ...see ME!!


Remember this poem when you next meet an old person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within...

We will one day be there too

.. LIFE.. by Inez Correia Marques
.. LIFE.. 
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Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:26h

my Way, today at 16:33h
what a beautiful face with lines of life... natured loving eyes and a smile which is touching... great !

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:28h

Rüdiger´s Fotoseiten..., today at 16:32h
Hier zeigst Du eine wunderbare Fotografie; eine Dame, die die Natürlichkeit des Lebens widerspiegelt!

LG Rüdige

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:30h

BRYAN CRUTE, today at 21:14h
The hairs on the back of neck are standing reading this heart felt poem, Life is put into complete context by her words.


Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:31h

anna.s., today at 21:10h
it is great and very impressive!! thank you!!!
br, anna

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:32h

Giuseppe Piperno, today at 21:05h
stupendo e perfetto ritratto....
complimenti anche per il b.n.
buona serata

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:33h

Nena, today at 16:36h
Un rostro que cuenta historias... excelente retrato !!!
Saludos, Nena

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:33h

rocco di ciommo, today at 16:42h
grande ritratto !

roro ro, today at 16:47h
Really great your portrait of this lady. The poem you have found and attached makes me thoughtful. As well your own message.
Regards, Roland

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:35h

aline64, today at 17:19h
un portrait magnifique en NB très naturel

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:36h

Fabrice Malburet, today at 17:20h
Un portrait magistral....!! Amitiés Fabrice

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:37h

Beat Niederhauser, today at 17:21h
TRAUMHAFTES - Portrait gefällt mir,wünsche Dir einen guten Mittwochabend.
LG Beat

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:38h

Denis Heirendt, today at 17:26h
Wonderful portrait of that old lady!
Cheers, Denis

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:40h

Jojo., today at 17:34h
Un portrait royal de cette lady!

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:41h

three magic colors, today at 17:41h
Ein sehr gutes Portrait, liebe INEZ! Fav.! :-)
Lieber Gruß, Carola

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:42h

Gianmaria Giordanengo, today at 17:44h
Great portrait and beautiful black and white.
Hello Gianmaria

RUFFINI SILVANO, 12.10.2011 at 21:43h

splendida Inez.............
un grande personaggio per una bellissima immagine...............!!

Ken Alvin Jenssen, 12.10.2011 at 21:46h

Superb Portrait. Deserved a Big Star :)


Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:50h

Ulfert K, today at 17:47h
Inez das ist ein zu Herzen gehender Text,passend zum Foto dieser alten Dame.
Danke dafür !

Inez thats text going to heart, suitable to the photo of this old lady.
Thank you for this!
ulfert k

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:50h

MICHAEL stüben, today at 17:56h
What a story.............

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:51h

Tim Brüning, today at 17:56h
Picture and poem are most impressive.

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:54h

Armin Leitner, today at 18:13h
Absolutely great !
Best pic of the year and best text, too
Regards, Armin

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:55h

Josef Kainz, today at 18:21h
Schönes Portrait
vg. josef

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:56h

Bastian Kienitz, today at 18:26h
great...i like it

adriana lissandrini, 12.10.2011 at 21:56h

a face that touches the fibers of the heart ...... wonderful portrait, great sensitivity to your
much hugs

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:56h

Ana Vera, today at 18:35h
One of the best portraits you have ever taken.... Pure feeling

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:57h

BGW-photo, today at 18:35h
most impressing capture and more impressing poem below....
marvellous combination -> instantly my favourite, Inez!

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 21:59h

Lily-Rose, today at 18:42h
Magnifique !

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 22:00h

Dagmar Illing, today at 18:46h
A life in a poem - very, very special! Thank you for sharing this with us!
The sensitive portrait of the old lady fits very well to these impressive poetry.
Many hugs, Dagmar

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 22:00h

Fons -, today at 19:07h
The woman we all learned to know by you Inez.....;-))
Beautiful portrait........
Best regards,

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 22:01h

Carlos Hernandez Aguirre, today at 19:17h
Excelente Fotografía !!Saludos.

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 22:02h

Lawson McCulloch, today at 20:15h
A beautiful poem, with very beautiful and meaningful words. I often say to people, remember you will be old yourself one day.
best wishes from Lawson.

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 22:04h

willy ombret, today at 20:37h
les cicatrices d'une vie sont très visibles sur ce beau portrait compliments
willy ombret

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 22:05h

Andi Heinze, today at 20:42h
Excellent Work, TOP

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 22:06h

Adele Oliver, today at 20:42h
A wonderful image of this fine old lady .... the hint of a smile suits her well, giving an idea of how young and lovely she must have looked..... and how young she must still feel in her heart. Your wise citation makes one think, Inez - a great combination of photograph and words.
hugs, Adele

Inez Correia Marques, 12.10.2011 at 22:07h

s y, today at 20:52h
Hello Inez, thank you sharing this.
very tuching
best regards

willy ombret, 12.10.2011 at 22:23h

une merveille ce portrait
toute une vie sur ce visage
willy ombret

Deryck, 12.10.2011 at 22:29h

A fantastic portrait with a very touching story and poem Inez. You have all my respect for your love of the aged. This old lady had the most beautiful smile and you captured it so well. Well done my friend!

Rebekka D., 12.10.2011 at 22:37h

oh, Inez .. it's loving wonderful ;o) Rebekka

Canan Oner, 12.10.2011 at 22:52h

Very touching portrait and words Sis...
I recall the song by Orson Welles "I know what it is to be young"....


Tullio Corradini, 12.10.2011 at 22:59h

Stupendo ritratto,bellissima nonnetta!!!
Complimenti Inez!!

Véronique Soulier, 12.10.2011 at 23:03h

oh my friend the poem is so moving, so true, so full of love, respect for human soul whatever happens to its body, I'm deeply impressed, thanks so much for sharing, I'll keep these words close to my heart

And you choose such a nice portrait of this old llady with her wonderful smile and this way to look straight in our eyes, it adds to the power of the words !

bonne nuit
bises Véronique

viola d, 12.10.2011 at 23:37h

Thank you, Inez. Viola

Daniela D'Ottavi, 13.10.2011 at 0:06h

Complimenti un ritratto fantastico!

fabienne.z, 13.10.2011 at 0:45h

it's a very nice portrait !! beautifull work!
bw fab

Papi Lion, 13.10.2011 at 1:09h

Magnifique portrait +++++


Leo_nid, 13.10.2011 at 1:27h

great image of this great old lady with a hint of smile on her face... and a famous poem that goes so well with this strong portraiture work

Adele Oliver, 13.10.2011 at 3:25h

A treat to look at her beautiful face a second time, Inez !!!
hugs, Adele

Michèle FLEURY, 13.10.2011 at 7:46h

Un portrait remarquable d'authenticité humaine... Cette dame est belle de vie, de dignité, de vérité sans faux-semblants... Compliments! Bises, Michèle

TeresaM, 13.10.2011 at 7:48h

Une vision et un poème plein d'émotions.
Un très beau portrait, Inez.

fotoGrafica, 13.10.2011 at 8:52h

a great work of life
best regards wolfgang

Gregorio Tommaseo, 13.10.2011 at 9:09h


e.LA, 13.10.2011 at 9:11h


manouchette, 13.10.2011 at 10:21h

S P L E N D I D E portrait, je vois sa belle âme dans son regard... il y a une grande complicité entre vous.... Magnifique NB... Bises amicales de Manouchette et de son chaton J.Claude...(favorite)...

s. sabine krause, 13.10.2011 at 10:54h

in the case of your beautiful ancient lady here, it's easy to see "beyond the shell" – the whole essence of her being has just surfaced and spread on her face for this great portrait of yours: her personality, her memories, her history it's all there dancing a triumphant and kind dance for us! sometimes, though, i find it hard to be patient enough to see through all the wrinkles, frustrations, the grumpiness and also intolerance of some old people i encounter in the streets or on the bus – still a lot better off than the nameless old lady who both moved and shamed her nurses to tears with her rhymes! i guess the better off you are, the less problems you have the more you tend to complain about the world, the young, the irreverance… it's a two-sided enterprise: to care rather than look away, to accept rather than judge, to tolerate the other and fight once own stubborn prejudice – goes for both old and young i think. and yes, i'm guilty, too of sometimes seeing "crabby old women" rather than individuals with a personal history and soul – your portrait is a great reminder to not let those "basics of human interaction" slip away but to make an effort to overcome the "generation gap"! hugs, sabine.

Claudio Micheli, 13.10.2011 at 13:36h

...a wonderful portrait!

Vera M. Shulga, 13.10.2011 at 13:53h

Her soul have 25 years old...

Frederick Mann, 13.10.2011 at 15:50h

bestens... visual and text

Fabrice Malburet, 13.10.2011 at 17:34h

Sublime..................Amitiés Fabrice

Mauro Stradotto, 13.10.2011 at 17:56h

Quante storie avranno da raccontare quelle rughe!......
Bellissima ed emozionante, complimenti!
Un caro saluto,

Jorge Rodriguez Mesias, 13.10.2011 at 18:07h

Que mirada mas dulce has capturado...
Un abrazo

P r i s m a, 13.10.2011 at 21:02h

a great Portrait of wonderful Woman !!!
In your Heart she lives for ever!!!
viele liebe Grüße Marianne

Die Mohnblumen, 14.10.2011 at 5:08h

Klasse portraitiert und präsentiert. +++++

Ruth Hutsteiner, 14.10.2011 at 9:44h

Text and Photo touch my heart very deeply.
I'm on my way to get old .....

Birgit Noack, 14.10.2011 at 20:11h

Marvellous. Wonderful portrait of the beautiful, proudly lady. I like it so much. And her words.......tears in my eyes....
Greetings, Birgit

Agelos Kardamilas, 14.10.2011 at 20:33h

Looking the LIFE with a smile

Segura Carmona, 15.10.2011 at 20:21h

Nocturna (Algarve) by Segura Carmona
Nocturna (Algarve) 
13.10.11, 13:55
Gran retrato , bella edición, Saluos Amiga.

J-Y PENCREACH, 17.10.2011 at 19:02h

Magnifique portrait. Plein de douceur et de bonté malgré le temps qui s'affiche. Une très belle réussite.
J'aime beaucoup.

J-Y PENCREACH, 17.10.2011 at 19:06h

Un magnifique portrait plein de douceur et de quiétude malgré le temps qui s'afffiche. Beau travail vraiment !

Dragomir Vukovic, 18.10.2011 at 9:11h

beautiful !!!

Dragomir Vukovic, 18.10.2011 at 9:11h

beautiful !!!

Dragomir Vukovic, 18.10.2011 at 9:15h


medser, 18.10.2011 at 15:50h

Nice work
End of Life by medser
End of Life
4.7.11, 6:53


Robert L. Roux, 19.10.2011 at 17:59h

and portrait
are great ones ...

smiles from the north

Elfie W., 20.10.2011 at 7:39h

it touch my soul ..... ! Great!!!
much hugs

JoY MadiSon, 23.10.2011 at 18:54h

magnfique portrait comme tous les autres inez

Pierre LAVILLE, 24.10.2011 at 10:13h

Un portrait superbe.
Amitiés Pierre

zanon, 25.10.2011 at 6:00h

splendida veramente complimenti ciao

sunshine1978, 27.10.2011 at 11:53h

super portrait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LG Moni

asdom, 30.10.2011 at 14:00h

Un portrait exceptionnel , tellement vrai, un regard qui a traversé la vie , ses bonheurs et ses malheurs :c'est superbe Inez.Bravo.Simone

Voting Center, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h

This photo has been successfully nominated for the gallery with 92 pro- and 33 contra-votes. Congratulations, Inez Correia Marques :-)

Bernd Ullrich, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h

+++ P R O +++

EdelS, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


adriana lissandrini, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h

Great and touching portrait,
how much history in this facial expression!

melkart (pepe jaime), 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Thomas Leib, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Ruth U., 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Lawson McCulloch, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Rüdiger´s Fotoseiten..., 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


willy ombret, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Jutta S, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


lolita cecilia, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Ilse Rehn, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


BRYAN CRUTE, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h

Nothing else but PRO !

Die Mohnblumen, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


MAURICE CLEGG, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h

made me cry.

Gérald SCHMITT, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h

Une grande photo agrémentée d'un superbe poème !
Félicitations INEZ !

Deryck, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Cyber-Atelier Dolores, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Canan Oner, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Claudio Micheli, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Ruth Hutsteiner, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


mike snead, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Sabine Suess, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Robert Riley, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h

PRO of course, but if I ever get to the point made in the Poem. Shoot Me!

Wolfram Pesla, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


JURAFR, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Jörg Klüber, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Luigi Scorsino, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Yvo Pollinger, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Silvana W., 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Leo_nid, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h

p r o

Françoise P, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


JValentina, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Véronique Soulier, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Guglielmo Rispoli, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h

brava Adriana, Brava Hugs

Alfredo Mazzoni, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Fritz Eichmann, 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Mark Billiau., 6.11.2011 at 16:57h


Dolores M., 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Fons van Swaal, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Susana Miguel, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h

A PRO, not only for an excellent portrait of a graceful old lady, but also for the intent of making us look beyond wrinkles and grey hair.

We ought to discover the person behind this mask, to appreciate her / his personality and to take advantage of her / his experience, no matter who this old person is, the one of the photo, the old man at the park or the old lady in the shop.

Thanks Inez for this wonderful picture, and the wonderful poem ...

Take care,

Hans-Reiner Bohn, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Nena, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Adele Oliver, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Cécile Fischer, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Ayse Nalan Yasin, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Eva-Maria Nehring, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Ilidio Fernandes, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Sabine Sirey, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Peter Kahle, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Gasser Lisbeth, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


John Kirsch, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h

pro ***

Nuria Zortém, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Ewald Edelin, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Emilio Sirletti, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Alexandru Valentin Iedu, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Birgit Noack, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h

PRO ++++++++++++++++++

- Edith Vogel, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Falko Sieker, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Le petit photographe, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h

+++ P r o +++

bildermacher org, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h

like it!

aline64, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Arnd U. B., 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Rebekka D., 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


Jacky Kobelt, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h


igna78-photography, 6.11.2011 at 16:58h



BRYAN CRUTE, 8.11.2011 at 20:44h

Fitting star ! congratulations Inez

sabine erlhage, 8.11.2011 at 21:51h

simply beautiful! thanks for sharing this!

Rob Nagelhout, 13.10.2014 at 6:27h

Magnificent capture of quite a character and what a fine and high quality have you reached with this upload, compliments

ANDREA PAGLIARO01, 13.06.2015 at 10:08h

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