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Old Man
by karen l logan

Sunday, November 21, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I spent a weekend with an old friend who just happened to be the son of New York poet and writer, Walt Voth. Walt is now in his later years and has many issues in life. I have known him for 25 years and find him to be the most interesting and facinating person. I was saddened to hear his lack of optimisum for life. His cynical self had taken control for two many hard years. After a conversation with Walt, and with his son, I found these words for Walt and actually it is in country song format. I hope you enjoy it.



Wrinkled face
smooth ancient skin
he wonders

will I ever love again
like we did
way back when.
He looks real hard
at the man he sees
grown old before his eyes
where did all the good things go
while I was trying to hide.
He looks around at the empty walls
reflections of a life of falls
and lack of loving treasures
and he wonders,

How did time move so fast
how will this broken man ever last
aches and pains are only signs
of a strugle and a worry
how did love pass me by
if I only had one more try
to love more slowly
not hurry.

Cob webs hang from the curtain rod
catch the flys and the dust
the chimes ring out from the clock on the wall
and  the grandfather clock that stands in the hall,
it once stood in his mothers house
the memory comes flooding in
so many years since he was young
he can see it all again.

How did time move so fast
how will this broken man ever last
aches and pains are only signs
of a struggle and a worry
if I only had one more try
I would love more slowly
not hurry.

The door bell rings
the door opens wide
the grandkids run and hurry,
to sit in grand dads lap
and he smiles,
remembering his life
if only for a while
the food the family
and all the laughs
remind him he is alive
and someone loved him once
for a while.

How did time move so fast
how will this broken man ever last
aches and pains are only signs
of a struggle and a worry
you only get one chance to live
smile for a while
love with all you have
and don't worry.

The family is gone
and he is alone again
holding the memory in his eyes
the dishes in the strainer,
the blankets on the floor
and he sighs
I think I will just leave this mess
to remind me of the good time
and love was here again
for a little while
then maybe I will remember
and not forget your smile
and loved lived here with me
once more
for a little while.

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Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 11/27/2010
If only more people would care enough to spend time with our aged ones. Someday it will be us with the thinned hair and skin. What goes around comes around. I really enjoyed this poem and especaiall the lines:

how did love pass me by
if I only had one more try
to love more slowly
not hurry.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/21/2010
This is a very compassionate and heartfelt write, Karen; a nice gift for your friend as well. Thank you for sharing it. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Laura Fall 11/21/2010
Bravo Karen very deep and touching words.Furthermore, what a night to post this as the music awards were on as they rocked and so does your poem!

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