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 out-lived 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 

  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 

  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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