Old Man "Usta", RIP

Swan song for Old Man Usta.
Swan song for Old Man Usta.

I have some tragic news to share, old man “Usta” died.

Sad but true I’m telling you – it cannot be denied.

We usta talk and laugh a lot and sometimes disagree.

But now we cannot vent at all because we live pc.


We usta call our God by names, one different from another.

But now we don’t dare mention him.  Why?   Go ask your mother.

We usta live our lives in peace, the Golden Rule applied.

A difference of opinion now, we simply can’t abide!


I usta be so buff and trim, my muscles couldn’t hide.

I always ate so sensibly avoiding rich, deep-fried.

I usta walk five miles a day, endorphins, don’t you know?

Now I wake up bedraggled ‘til I have my cuppa joe.


I must resolve to do something -- a list for my new year.

I’ll try to make it sound good.  (Pretend you didn’t hear.)

I’ll lose some weight and exercise and eat my veggies too.

Hey, chocolate, coffee come from beans – just to name a few.


I’ll try to be more tolerant and listen attentively.

When brainless folk start jabbering and force me to agree.

I’ll try to stay more positive and keep my focus sunny.

I’ll even laugh at people’s jokes while wishing they were funny.


I’ll limit my time on the Internet as well my toys.

Yes, including PopeAlarm, one of my many joys.

I’ll try to save more money --  if Uncle Sam can too.

I know he wouldn’t like it if we sent an IOU.


Keeping current is my goal, to find out what is trending.

I want to stay informed even when my life is ending.

What's new up here in Heaven?  “Sorry, I don’t know.

Maybe you'll be better off to try your luck below.”


I vow to keep on writing until I’m glued to bed.

Remember that clever saying, better read than dead?

Now say goodbye to Usta – it’s time for him to go.

He’s left a little hole in our hearts, we miss him don’t you know. 

Happy New Year Blessings -- good luck, good health and happiness in all the days ahead.



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Geraldo Cruz December 27, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Cute poem, Ms. D. Happy New Year.
Lucien Lacomb December 27, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Brava! I agree with all the sentiments you have expressed in this wonderful poem.
Irene DeBlasio December 27, 2013 at 07:30 PM
@GeraldoCruz Many thanks. We aim to please. Happy New Year.
Irene DeBlasio December 27, 2013 at 07:33 PM
@LucienLacomb It's gratifying to know that I've been able to articulate someone else's feelings about what's been happening in society. Thank you for your infinite wisdom and good taste. LOL.
Ilona Saari December 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Put a morning smile on my face. Happy New Year, Irene.
Irene DeBlasio December 28, 2013 at 02:56 PM
@IlonaSaari Forget about when you Usta live in Studio City and when you Usta write for Patch. All is forgiven. Happy New Year to you, Richard and Ojai. xoxoxo
William Bauer December 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM
A wonderful poem by someone who cares. It is one thing to list laments and hopes and resolutions in regular prose form but to take the time to set it to poetry is wonderful. Thanks for expressing my sentiments so eloquently. Maybe next time a sonnet?
Irene DeBlasio December 29, 2013 at 03:00 PM
@WilliamBauer You can't imagine how flattering it is to have a childhood friend as a loyal reader. I am blessed. Now about that sonnet -- we usta make New Year resolutions which we felt only sabotaged our efforts in life. We promise only one resolution for 2014 and that is to write a sonnet. I hope it doesn't matter whether it's the Italian or Shakespearean format. Blessings and Hugs to you, dear old pal. Thanks for the comment -- keep coming back.
Ruth Salvatierra December 31, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Loved USTA. I USTA to be young and USTA live in those GOOD OLE DAYS. Perhaps when 2014 finishes we will be able to say now that is more like what it USTA to be. I'm a cockeyed optimist. One thing we can always count on is the great writing you share with us all. God Bless and a Happy New Year!!
Irene DeBlasio January 13, 2014 at 06:47 PM
@RuthSalvatierra What a wonderful compliment! I thought Old Man Usta had finally died but am delighted that you found him. Thank you so much for being so supportive. Stay close by -- I need you and all the other generous people who enjoy reading my posts. Blessings and Hugs to you.


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