An Ode to Age

We look at our seniors and sometimes laugh
Without realizing our own better days will one day pass

Somehow it seems our youth will never pass us by
But it can’t be stopped no matter how hard we try

We see our neighbourhood and neighbours change
Slowly we change too until everything seems strange

We love and lose, we fight and try to pass the torch
But one day grow tired of fighting and just sit upon our porch

Gone are the days of hard work and harder play
And we stop much more often to contemplate and pray

And still there is no way to stop the march of time
Or to stem our growing fears of hatred and crime

As the years slip past we think of family now gone
And never dare to reminisce or sing sad songs

The words we spoke to loved ones past are just too strong
And no matter who we are, we must always move on

A simple sign with worn lettering reminds us of the day
When love and ambition lit the path we chose to take

Those ancient dreams of building wealth and security
Seem so wasted now that we don’t have a family

But you must hold onto the wisdom that comes with age
We need to have our elders to guide the way

No day goes by that I don’t have questions for my dad
He’s been through thick and thin, and good and bad

And there are many in this neighbourhood who mean a lot to me
So please honour all of our elders in Boyle Street and McCauley

_Leif lives in McCauley. His books can be found at the Edmonton Public Library or at Mint Health + Drugs on 96 Street. You can visit his website at www.edmontonwriter.com

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