How older people remember the alphabet…

Do you have fond memories of those cute little poems we were taught as children to help us learn and remember the alphabet?

If so you (or an, er, older friend or relative!) might appreciate this version as shared with me by my good friend Eleanor S….


A is for apple

and B is for boat.

That used to be right,

but now it won’t float.


Age before beauty

is what we once said,

but let’s be a bit more

realistic instead.


A’s for arthritis

B’s the bad back

C’s the chest pains,

perhaps car-di-ac?


D is for dental

decay and decline

E is for eyesight,

can’t read that top line.


F is for fissures and

fluid retention

G is for gas which

I’d better not mention.


H high blood pressure

–I’d rather it low

I for incisions

with scars you can show.


J is for joints, out of

socket, won’t mend

K is for knees that

crack when they bend.


L ‘s for libido

what happened to sex?

M is for memory

I forget what comes next.


N is neuralgia

in nerves that get hit

O is for osteo

bones that don’t knit.


P for prescriptions

I have quite a few,

just give me a pill and

I’m good as new!


Q is for queasy

is it fatal or flu?

R is for reflux,

one meal turns to two.


S is for sleepless nights

counting my fears

T is for Tinnitus;

bells in my ears.


U is for urinary

troubles with flow

V for vertigo

Dizzy – oh no…


W is for worry

What bug’s going around?

X is for X ray

and what might be found.


Y for another year

I’m left here behind

Z is for zest I still have

— in my mind.


I’ve survived all the symptoms

My body’s deployed

Keeping twenty-six doctors

All fully employed!


Original poet unknown.

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