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So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women? Options
Daemon
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So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
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I've tried to awake to the beauty of an old woman
sleeping on the couch. It's as difficult as an old woman
singing the beauty of an old man asleep in his chair.
Aging tires the body and wilts emotion.

In dreams time is elastic and faces taut with desire.
Love, let us dream we linger together in this dream of ourselves.


Viva Geronimo
dusty
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I wonder how much comfort today's quote would bring a young fertile woman whose boyfriend recently left her for "the gift of an active, post-menopausal woman"


very little I'd assume

To be concerned of the fate of the world is not bad, but bearing false witness is to not be
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i like mlfs more than young gals
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I like Trivium & Chevegas, and now you Mr. Duke, are making my tummy tickle

To be concerned of the fate of the world is not bad, but bearing false witness is to not be
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Daemon wrote:
So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

A milf concept has established itself (conquered?) all over the world including undeveloped parts. What more could be done?
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Well Mrs. Stowe, I find it a dispiriting agenda to write poems about wrinkled complexion and tenuous stature. But poets who know how to capture the inner allure of such dames are surely deserving of praise.
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When I wake up in the mornings my beautiful old woman is snoring.

I remember, therefore I am.
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doxallday wrote:
Well Mrs. Stowe, I find it a dispiriting agenda to write poems about wrinkled complexion and tenuous stature. But poets who know how to capture the inner allure of such dames are surely deserving of praise.

When wrinkles come into one familiar, gentle smile, isn't it beautiful?
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Daemon wrote:
So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)



I long ago woke up to the beauty of old women when I, at last, had to accept that my Mother was always going to be 27 years older than I, and, time would never close that gap.
Her knowledge and inner beauty far surpassed her 'wrinkled exterior and her immobility'.Think

We all age, some gracefully with an inner beauty.

Some age with a bitter disposition.

I hope to be able to age with that inner beauty, content that my life has made a contribution, just as my Mother did right into her 97th year.

Uncle Tom's Cabin was one of the first books that I seriously read.
For that, I thank Harriet Stowe.



While I live I grow.
ithink140
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 5:30:48 AM

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INNER BEAUTY

When first a weathered leaf does fall,
Upon earths carpet green.
And subtle changes work their way,
Through hedgerow field and dene.
Tis’ then we see our aged summer turn her face,
To welcome sister autumn with all her grace.


There, see how gently Summer gives up the race,
And cedes to Autumn her life and place.
Then she, with rich adornment and outward beauty,
Covers death with her mask of gloss.
And with glorious shades of red brown and gold,
Pays recompense for summers loss.

But now, when Winter puffs her cheeks
Frosts come, and rains pour down.
That fragile garment soon floats away,
And Summers seen in true light of day.
Tis’ then we see the death of season, in clarity,
And understand old age and death, in its reality.

How different the face of man’s old age,
And troubled march to death.
No outward beauty to attend his dying days,
Nor glorious splendour to herald the passing of his ways.
For him, no gentle ceding ones earthly place,
Nor entering through death’s door with grace.


But now, every line and every furrow
Upon the care worn face,
Steals beauty’s gifts of pearly skin
And soft and gentle curves.
Then youth’s loveliness decays on living frame,
And upright body becomes bent and lame.

Wherein then lies the beauty of man’s old age,
And the softening of his loss?
What fruitage like unto autumns glory,
Shall accompany his passing days?
Inner beauty: Wrought upon the forge of life’s lessons
Wisdom: Gained enduring bitter sessions.

These give to men who yield with grace,
A glorious upright inner face.
A beauty down beneath the skin,
More to Autumns dress akin.
Humilities triumph over arrogance and pride,
The outward garment of old age cannot hide.

So you so young who see the aged and the lame,
Look not upon the outward signs alone.
But see beyond, and look beneath
The bent and wrinkled frame.
Then, See autumn’s beauty in all its glorious hues
And give to those who walk to death; the honour and the dues



'Life is too short to be eaten up by hate.'
dusty
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 7:20:15 AM

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Good news for you Ray!

So long as she is only your step mother, assuming your father is no longer in that particular picture, a 27 year age gap will close enough so that there will be no holds barred.

When you turn 27, she is also fresh in her time of blossom at age 54

contrary to your assertion, not only is that a fine recipe for a content life, in fact it may take two 27 year-olds in that equation if everyone could be said to have a life that is fully content and satisfied.

It depends on the people, certainly you wouldn't begrudge a person for desiring to live a life they are content with, would you?

To be concerned of the fate of the world is not bad, but bearing false witness is to not be
Miriam...
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I think one's 'concept' of beauty changes as we age, and thus our 'perception' of beauty changes, so that, what we find that moves us to exclaim is 'beautiful' changes as well.
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Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 9:35:08 AM

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ithink140 wrote:
INNER BEAUTY

When first a weathered leaf does fall,
Upon earths carpet green.
And subtle changes work their way,
Through hedgerow field and dene.
Tis’ then we see our aged summer turn her face,
To welcome sister autumn with all her grace.


There, see how gently Summer gives up the race,
And cedes to Autumn her life and place.
Then she, with rich adornment and outward beauty,
Covers death with her mask of gloss.
And with glorious shades of red brown and gold,
Pays recompense for summers loss.

But now, when Winter puffs her cheeks
Frosts come, and rains pour down.
That fragile garment soon floats away,
And Summers seen in true light of day.
Tis’ then we see the death of season, in clarity,
And understand old age and death, in its reality.

How different the face of man’s old age,
And troubled march to death.
No outward beauty to attend his dying days,
Nor glorious splendour to herald the passing of his ways.
For him, no gentle ceding ones earthly place,
Nor entering through death’s door with grace.


But now, every line and every furrow
Upon the care worn face,
Steals beauty’s gifts of pearly skin
And soft and gentle curves.
Then youth’s loveliness decays on living frame,
And upright body becomes bent and lame.

Wherein then lies the beauty of man’s old age,
And the softening of his loss?
What fruitage like unto autumns glory,
Shall accompany his passing days?
Inner beauty: Wrought upon the forge of life’s lessons
Wisdom: Gained enduring bitter sessions.

These give to men who yield with grace,
A glorious upright inner face.
A beauty down beneath the skin,
More to Autumns dress akin.
Humilities triumph over arrogance and pride,
The outward garment of old age cannot hide.

So you so young who see the aged and the lame,
Look not upon the outward signs alone.
But see beyond, and look beneath
The bent and wrinkled frame.
Then, See autumn’s beauty in all its glorious hues
And give to those who walk to death; the honour and the dues



you wrote this?

I am carrying my heart~I am carrying my rhythm~I am carrying my prayers~But you can't kill my spirit~It's soaring and strong (Paula Cole's Me Lyrics)***We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We ARE spirtual beings having a human experience.(T.deChardin)***There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein)



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Why would you use the worst picture of her ever?
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So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girld,why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women.
Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Well, the writer was right if we consider the human side, but as we aged our thinking changed.
CheVegas ☁️ ✈ ☁️
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GlenM wrote:
Why would you use the worst picture of her ever?


Is this better?

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For you Harriet Beecher Stowe…Old women are beautiful to older men with failing eyesight...jrpr
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I've seen quite a lot beautiful old women. What about handsome old men...do they exist?
ithink140
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By the bucket load... men seem to age better than women, but live shorter lives.

Added....You seldom see an old women courting a young man but an older man can often be seen with a dolly bird Sick .

Anyway it is what we are inside, as we all know, that counts.


'Life is too short to be eaten up by hate.'
Hope2
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They don't because physically, young is more beautiful. The addition of gravity makes the difference. Besides, we had our 'kick at the can'. (Pun not really intended but it fits. Lol)

She really said 'Why don't somebody...'?

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. T. S. Eliot
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I posted a not very nice website of bald men and beer bellies in jest and as I had second thoughts and went to delete it, iThink answered. So I apologize to him and to any one who read it because most men are not like the photos. However, he did leave himself wide open with such a statement as being a 'truism'.

Also, old men with chicks on their arm has more to do with money and power, than how they age.




Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. T. S. Eliot
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Yes, Hope, Really! You may have your view and I mine, ok? You may post the same for women as you say, but we all know that what I said is a truism. You will always find exceptions to a rule. What planet do you live on?

Stop making it a battle of the sexes, that is so boring and tiresome, as well as a little childish.


'Life is too short to be eaten up by hate.'
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Daemon wrote:
So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)


Very little has been said and sung of beautiful young girls without the expectation of a high return on the act of investment.
The beauty of old women "don't need no praise" for their love and grace demand no prodding, no teasing; their beauty is awake and generously tendered.
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My alarm clock is broken.
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The quotation is from Ch 13 of Uncle Tom's Cabin, "The Quaker Settlement," and refers to Rachel Halliday whose "loving brown eyes" are the windows to a soul whose inner beauty Stowe wishes men would better appreciate:

By her side sat a woman with a bright tin pan in her lap, into which she was carefully sorting some dried peaches. She might be fifty-five or sixty; but hers was one of those faces that time seems to touch only to brighten and adorn. The snowy fisse crape cap, made after the strait Quaker pattern, - the plain white muslin handkerchief, lying in placid folds across her bosom, - the drab shawl and dress, - showed at once the community to which she belonged. Her face was round and rosy, with a healthful downy softness, suggestive of a ripe peach. Her hair, partially silvered by age, was parted smoothly back from a high placid forehead, on which time had written no inscription, except peace on earth, good will to men, and beneath shone a large pair of clear, honest, loving brown eyes; you only needed to look straight into them, to feel that you saw to the bottom of a heart as good and true as ever throbbed in woman's bosom. So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women? If any want to get up an inspiration under this head, we refer them to our good friend Rachel Halliday, just as she sits there in her little rocking-chair.

(http://www.online-literature.com/stowe/uncletom/13/)

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I see beauty in everyone that is willing to share a sincere smile.

The fleeting allure of feminine beauty, which is the most visually stunning, immediately arresting sight known to man, gives way to a charm and grace that only time and experience can fashion. This is the heart of the beauty that beats within a virtuous woman...IMHO.



"Now" is the eternal present.
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AnnaMaria wrote:
I've seen quite a lot beautiful old women. What about handsome old men...do they exist?






Of course we do. Angel

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I am an old woman (65 y.o.), and I know that I looked better when I was younger, although I was never pretty. Sometimes old (about my age or a bit older) men look distinguished or physically fit, and they look attractive. I believe that older women are just not considered attractive.


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Hello Pauline. I am a man and I to looked better when I was young. I know a lot a very attractive older women. While I do think that men age better on the whole I do not think it is the all important thing in aging. A kind heart and a wise mind are much more to be valued. Happy new year to you and welcome to the forum.

'Life is too short to be eaten up by hate.'
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excaelis wrote:
AnnaMaria wrote:
I've seen quite a lot beautiful old women. What about handsome old men...do they exist?






Of course we do. Angel


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Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. T. S. Eliot
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Daemon wrote:
So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)


Harriet Beecher Stowe did wake up to the beauty of old women, more than once. She met Lady Byron on her first trip to England in 1853-- just after Uncle Tom's Cabin
had been published in serialized version, 1851-1852. Lady Byron obviously had left a deep impression on Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Later, in 1870, she published "Lady Byron Vindicated" in which she described her impression:

""... I formed her acquaintance in the year 1853, during my first visit in England. I met her at a lunchparty in the house of one of her friends.

The party had many notables; but, among them all, my attention was fixed principally on Lady Byron. She was at this time sixty-one years of age, but still had, to a remarkable degree, that personal attraction which is commonly considered to belong only to youth and beauty.

Her form was slight, giving an impression of fragility; her motions were both graceful and decided; her eyes bright, and full of interest and quick observation. Her silvery-white hair seemed to lend a grace to the transparent purity of her complexion, and her small hands had a pearly whiteness. I recollect she wore a plain widow's cap of a transparent material; and was dressed in some delicate shade of lavender, which harmonized well with her complexion.

When I was introduced to her, I felt in a moment the words of her husband:--

"There was awe in the homage that she drew;
Her spirit seemed as seated on a throne."

Calm, self-poised, and thoughtful, she seemed to me rather to resemble an interested spectator of the world's affairs, than an actor involved in its trials; yet the sweetness of her smile, and a certain very delicate sense of humor in her remarks, made the way of acquaintance easy. "" End quote: http://englishhistory.net/byron/stowebyron.html

How is that for something "said and sung" of beautiful old women?
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