AN OLD MAN

 I saw an old man, standing in the sand, with cane in hand, 
 Staring out at the horizon,

 I asked of him what his thought's were about,

 He stared at me with a sigh and a smile.

 I'm one hundred and three as I look to the sea,

 I've outlived my wife and family.

 I've had a life, seen many wonderful things,

 Now an old man, old as the trees.

 I say old man! what is it like to be one hundred 
 And three,

 I don't know, I only know what it's like to be me.

 I asked of him, would you wish to again be a child,

 He replied, my only wish is to again see my wife's smile.

 I asked to him an old man, what's the greatest thing you 
 Have done in such a lifetime,

 His words to me were this, I married a beautiful wife, 
 I walked with her in the sand.

 I saw her smile, and now here I stand.

                                                                                          Keith Garrett   

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