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Doris Bower from St Martins residential home, Larkfield takes up poetry

20 January 2014
by Claire McWethy

They say its never too late to try new things, and 93-year-old Doris Bower is no exception.

The Larkfield resident took up writing poetry just over ten years ago, and now has a book jam-packed full of her written work dating back to the 90s.

She has dedicated odes to growing old, her travels, and even penned a heartfelt poem about how meeting her two closest friends meant she didn’t feel lonely anymore.

Doris Bower who has taken up poetry

Doris Bower who has taken up poetry

In another she wrote about visiting her son in Australia, and her reaction to people telling her she was too old to travel alone.

Doris, who lives at St Martins residential home, said: “I’m not sure exactly when I started writing poetry. I thought I’d have a go because I liked words, I used to read them at the church group I attended, that’s how I met two of my closest friends.”

She also keeps cuttings of her favourite phrases and words of wisdom in her homemade poetry collection.

One of her favourites? “Don’t stop laughing when you’re old. You’re only old when you stop laughing.”

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