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About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.


Tomorrow is the place I’ll beTwo days after yesterdayOne day from where I am Time it seems a cadence hasFor what is and for what wasLife a metered stroke So where do I want to liveWhere I was or where … Continue reading

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Little Things

I recently celebrated my eighty third birthday, celebrated being a subjective thing. I woke up in the morning, anticipating that I would spend my day much as I spend any other. I had decided that I would treat myself to … Continue reading

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After living yesterdayWhere life has now passed awayAnd time lived was just time spent Nothing there to save With a new day, and a new dawnDiscard an old time since withdrawnGrasp the new or trust the oldWhat should I believe … Continue reading

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So, Call Me Stupid

Over the last few years, I have probably consumed more commercials on my TV then the average idiot. Several years ago, I read an article that advised that roughly 20 minutes of every hour of programing is occupied by commercials. … Continue reading

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Bend, Stretch, Groan

I don’t know if it is age, or if I am just atrophying, but, for the last couple of months, I have been experiencing some tightness in my left leg. Actually, it is slightly greater then tightness. It is a … Continue reading

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Worth A Second Look

I can’t tell you how many times over the years that I have made a snap decision based on my values and my views. I always felt that that is what they were for. Allowing me to quickly form an … Continue reading

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Last night, I went to bed with the windows cracked open. This morning I woke up to a rather chilly dawn, and I loved it. To me, it said that my favorite time of the year was just around the … Continue reading

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The Prince

He ran off the front porch, lunch box and back pack bouncing as he hurried down the front walk. This was everything to him. This was a day that couldn’t have come too soon. It was the first day of … Continue reading

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And after all is said and doneWhen everything that was begunWhen all the battles lost or wonAre left for me to live And after all the stress and strifeWhen all the things that touch my lifeWhen acts of violence run … Continue reading

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“The problem” he said, “is that no one is listening”. “Oh, get over yourself” she said. “Of course they’re listening. They’re just not demonstrative.” ‘That’s not all they’re not. They aren’t particularly interested in anyone else’s opinion either. “They are … Continue reading

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