“I am the light of the world”
“Look at me!!”
What do you see world what do you see??
What are you thinking when you’re looking at me, A crabby old woman, not very wise?
Uncertain of habit, with far-away eyes, who dribbles her food and makes no reply, when you say in a loud voice, “I do wish you’d try!”
Who seems not to notice the things that you do, and forever losing a sock or a shoe, who, resisting or not, let’s you do as you will- with bathing and feeding, the long day to fill.
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that what you see? Then open your eyes world you’re not looking at me!
I’ll tell you what I am as I sit here so still, I’m a small child often, with father and mother, sisters and brothers who love one another.
A young girl of sixteen with wings on her feet, dreaming that soon a lover she’ll meet.
A bride soon, at twenty, my heart gives a leap, remembering the vows that I promise to keep.
At twenty-five now, I have young of my own, who need me to build a secure, happy home.
A woman of thirty now my young ones grow fast, bound to each other with ties that should last.
At forty, my young sons are grown and are gone, but my man’s beside me to see I keep strong.
At fifty, Once more babies play ‘round my knee, again we know children, my loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me, my husband is DEAD!! I look at the future, I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing young ones of their own and I think of the years and the love that I’ve known.
I’m an old woman now and nature is cruel, ‘tis her jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body is crumbled, grace and vigor depart. There is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass, a young girl still dwells, and now and again my battered heart swells, I remember the joys, I remember the pain, and I’m loving and living life over agin.
I think of the years all too few, gone too fast, and accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, world, open and see – LOOK CLOSER – SEE ME!!!!
By a “Crabby Old Woman”
Found in the personal effects of a senile old lady – she spent her last days in a Nursing Home.