10 05 2012

Doctors tell me that I must walk

But, from that I tend to balk.

I started to drive when I was twelve,

And walking , since then, I tended to shelve.

By eighteen, I had my own car,

And, always drove, even if not so far.

To say, I won’t get anywhere by being lazy,

Is a statement that I think is rather crazy.

Because, operations I devised all took less time,

And, what I wish to say I do in rhyme,

Because, otherwise I would tend to pad,

Something that would drive me mad.

Now, till ninety three I’ve managed to survive,

And I might even live till ninety five,

But, if I walk, I might even reach ninety seven,

Which doesn’t guarantee that I’ll go to heaven.

So, to me, the doctors might as well stop talking

About how important it is for me to start walking,

Because I haven’t done so for eighty one years,

And, so far it didn’t cause any tears.


30 04 2012

Masha is suffering from vertigo

And it is difficult for her to go

She is unstable on her feet,

And is afraid of falling in the street.

So, I am obliged to give her a hand,

Although I can hardly walk or even stand.

Now, the doctors told us that we must walk

And from that we decided not to balk.

So, around the block we hobble,

Holding hands so we don’t wobble

And, we’ll continue to do this come what may,

In the hope that we’ll improve one day.



30 04 2012

I have just turned ninety three,

And no one is more surprised than me.

I am still able to function,

And to  voice my opinion have no compunction.

Whether it be cruel or kind,

I still speak my mind.

But, I think I might as well give it up,

And refrain from looking at the half empty cup,

Because, no matter how much I complain,

It all seems to be in vain.

So, to complain there is no call

Since ,I think that I have said it all

So, I should look at the bright side of things,

Whatever it is the future brings

Because, if anything happens to go wrong,

I know that it cannot last long

So, instead  of sitting around, waiting to die,

To continue to read and write, I think I must try.

And now, with those who may regard me as a winner,

I am sitting down to dinner

Because that happens to be the way

We are celebrating my birthday



23 02 2012

When a woman happens to sneeze


And, at the same time, in her pants she pees,


Stress incontinence she has to endure,


And Anterior Posterior Colpo Perineorhaphe is the only cure.


Otherwise, to diapers she is confined,


And dare not ever leave them behind.


Now, with men the situation is worse,


And incontinence is a terrible curse,


Because, surgery offers no hope,


And with diapers it’s hard to cope.


So, on an indwelling catheter they may depend,


A depressing way one’s life to end.


Now, that’s where Psychologists could play a part,


Because, if they are very smart,


To cure incontinence they may not succeed,


But to it, the patient may pay no heed.    


14 02 2012

A Mashulach is usually a religious Jew,


Who is sent abroad in order to do


Whatever he can, without pause,


To raise funds for some charitable cause.


Now, because they are orthodox,,


They wear black coats and long white socks.


In Kroonstad, where we had our home,


Regularly, once a year one would come.


Without question, my father donated,


Because he felt quite obligated.


One day, during the course of conversation,


My father asked, for what cause was his occupation.


He said ‘‘if on knowing, you insist,


It’s a widow who without me can’t exist.’’


And who is this widow who to you owes her life?’’


To tell you the truth, it is my wife.”


But your wife isn’t a widow, I see”


“”So, what do you care if I continue to be?”   


29 01 2012

To write a poem, is one thing,


To write a good one, is another.


Compose a song that one can sing,


Otherwise don’t bother


Everything you undertake,


Should be well worthwhile,


Otherwise it’s a mistake


And will not let you smile.


Satisfaction comes if you succeed,


No matter how slight the success,


And that is all that you need,


To justify the stress,


Now, to research, this does not apply,


Because, although success is the objective,


With the outcome not knowing,


The interest in the project being subjective,


Is what makes you keep going.




8 01 2012

To live in Israel is much harder,


And there is much less in the larder.


This, to me, is no surprise,


Since everything is on the rise.


Electricity now costs much more,


And the price of petrol has begun to soar.


This applies to public transport as well,


And water is as expensive as hell.


Now, all this may be well and good,


But, there is also an increase in the price of food.


However, from too much concern one may be released,


Because the salaries of members of the Knesset are also increased.