Crabby Old Man

What do you see nurses?……What do you see?

What are you thinking…..When you’re looking at me?

A crabby old man…..not very wise

Uncertain of habit……with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food…..and makes no reply

When you say in a loud voice…..”I do wish you’d try”

And forever is losing……a sock or shoe?

Who resisting or not….lets you do as you will

With bathing and feeding…..the long day to fill?

Is that what you’re thinking?…..Is that what you see?

Then open your eyes. nurse……you’re not looking at me

I’ll tell you who I am….as I sit here so still

As I do at your bidding….as I eat at your will

I’m a small child of Ten….with a mother and father

Brothers and sisters….who love one another

A young boy of Sixteen…..with wings on his feet

Dreaming that soon now…..a lover he’ll meet

A groom soon at Twenty…..my heart gives a leap

Remembering the vows…that I promised to keep

At Twenty-Five now….I have young of my own

Who need me to guide ….a a secure happy home

A man of Thirty….my young now grown fast

Bound to each other….with ties that should last

At Forty, my young sons…..have grown and are gone

But my woman’s beside me….to see I don’t mourn

At Fifty, once more, babies play ’round my knee

Again, we know children….my loved one and me

Dark days are upon me….my wife is now dead

I look at the future….shudder with dread

For my young are all rearing….young of their own

And I think of the years….and the love that I’ve known

I’m now an old man….and nature is cruel

Tis jest to make old age….look like a fool

The body, it crumbles…..grace and vigor depart

There is now a stone….where I once had a heart

But inside this old carcass….a young guy still dwells

And now and again….my battered heart swells

I remember the joys…I remember the pain

And I’m loving and living life over again

I think of the years, all too few….gone too fast

And accept the stark fact….that nothing can last

So open your eyes people….open and see

Not a crabby old man….Look closer….see ME!!

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