Winding Down Image By Dark Blue Knight

Just resting in a park one day
As I’ve done so many times
Not looking out for company
The time alone was mine

I looked at all the people
Around the park that day
Saw a withered old man
Upon the ground he lay

He turned and looked me over
I tried to turn away
But I could not just ignore him
His eyes a sunken grey

He rose and sat beside me
Must have seen me frown
“Listen son, I’ll tell you
About a life that’s winding down”

I could not help but listen
He had a wisdom of the years
Although I cherished solitude
For me he held no fears

“I’m old and been around the world
I’ve been through my life’s prime
Seen so many changes
Too many in my mind”

“The days of having nothing
No matter how I tried
It seems that all we ever did
Was hoped, and prayed, and cried”

“But the thing I recall the most
From all those bygone years
Was that I never cried alone
My family shared my tears”

“I saw the cream of all our young
Depart our country’s shore
To go to places ‘round the world
To give their best in war”

“So many failed to return
Their bodies lie in graves
So I could live a better life
Because of the life they gave”

“The years have taken heavy toll
But somehow I did survive
And every day I give my thanks
To God for being alive”

“The one thing that I really see
Throughout these modern days
That man seems to have forgotten
To give his God, his praise”

“Without our God there with us
We waste our very lives
We curse the changes in our world
And fight just to survive”

I sat in quiet reflection
Of what he’d said that day
And watched him slowly close his eyes
As he just slipped away

I reached out then to touch him
Held him in my arms
But I knew his life was ended
No more for him world’s harm

I guess I should have shed a tear
For his tortured soul released
But just at that very moment
I knew he’d rest in peace

Those few words he had spoken
Had only taken a short time
But those words I always will recall
Throughout this life of mine

Dark Blue Knight ~ Eddie
24th May 2000
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