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Wise Old Men

                              Old Wise Men

Remember the oldest are wiser and more knowledgeable by far…
They have lived in this world seeing the best and worse there are.
They have seen more of life’s trip falls than you can ever guess.
They’ve traveled, seen other lives, and worked with those less blessed.
They’ve gained so much at times and then lost again everything.
They’ve pulled themselves up by the seat of their pants, full of life’s bee stings.
Illness and history has dealt them many hard blows if by nothing but chance.
And they’ve often continued to help others with whatever they had.
They’ve reached out a hand to the youth to hold when times got bad.
History and lives will repeat time and again to add to our tears.
To hear of their lives is to know what to avoid and what to fear.
They might help with advice to help clear your path and your way.
And they might give you a chance around the obstacles that for you lay.
Listen to their words, for they are the true gifts of life they give away.

And when their time comes near the end… as you too will ask…
Give them a moment of dignity and respite from life’s hard bite...
Remember they were once your protectors and guiding light…
Now it’s your turn to be their harbor as they enter into the night.
It’s your time to be like the leaders they were… 
Following in their footsteps and helping others through life’s strife....  


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  1. Date: 7/7/2013 10:14:00 AM
    CAROL -CONGRATULATIONS!!! With your awesome winning write, in the 5th poem theme contest. always & forever * Linda

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 2:51:00 PM
    Carol never so well expressed. Congrats on your fine win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/4/2013 2:25:00 AM
    Oldies are goodies... I'm glad that people are showing some of the talent on which today's posts are resting. Great win.... Jake

  1. Date: 7/3/2013 11:32:00 PM
    CAROL, Congratulations, <3:-) A wonderful 5th poem. thank you for choosing my contest........ ............. LOVE * SKAT

  1. Date: 12/7/2011 4:22:00 PM
    It seems when we're young, we already know everything. As I get older I begin to realize how truly dumb I was. But then again, I was to arrogant to see it. Vince

  1. Date: 12/3/2011 2:42:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Carol. Kim

  1. Date: 11/30/2011 6:50:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in P.D.'s "5th Poem on the Soup" contest Carol. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/29/2011 10:44:00 PM
    CAROL, ;-) ,.. Congratulations on your wonderful win!! Thank you for the support and honor of reading the 5th poem you posted on the soup. * Take care, and have yourself a great night,. ;-) ~p.d.

  1. Date: 11/29/2011 10:42:00 PM
    boy, you should post this up everywhere that people need to see this message. It's indeed true (although some like me never seem to grow up as we get older!) Congrats in the contest, CArol.

  1. Date: 11/29/2011 10:20:00 PM
    Congratulations Carol on your win in the 5th poem contest.

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 2:58:00 PM
    Carol, your poem recalls the feelings generated by the best seller "The Greatest Generation." There is much we can learn about coping with stress from people who had far more of it in their lives. Very nicely written! Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 11:32:00 AM
    a very nice and well written piece.

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 10:59:00 AM
    Good work. Enjoyed the read.

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 10:03:00 AM
    Wise words, in a good, thoughtful piece.