Thursday, June 7, 2012
People Who Have Gone Before Me, by Kay Halsey
We all know that we are headed for “old age,” yet it is so easy to miss the lessons of those who have led the way. Here is a poem from Kay, now in her very active and youthful 90’s. Maybe, just maybe, we can learn something from her. ~ Bonnie
I’m so lucky that
Those older folks that I now see
And thought I’d never be
Remind me I never saw what really was
I visited “old folks’ homes” to sing as a campfire girl
But I don’t remember the limping, walking residents,
The slower pace and deliberate moves,
The urge to sit and rest a bit.
Of halted speaking, searching for a word
To tell of a joy or event from their memory
They’d like to share.
It makes me sad that I didn’t know
What the older people in their earlier lives
Did to make them happy.
Their special days and happier days
Were never recalled because I didn’t
Share and imagine what they thought fine.
I don’t regret the things I have done
But now I know I missed what I should have done
To see, to feel, to listen, to hear the music
Of their souls who have gone before me in former times.