Michael Edwards

OLD MAN

 

OLD MAN

 

A wordly man

and well restrained

who offered comfort where he could.

 

A strong old man

with a will of iron

and a voice of burnished brass.

 

A moral man

by local testimony

who never cast unfair complaint.

 

He laid there still.

He suffered long.

He left the world in peace.

 

 

Comments8

  • orchidee

    A fine write and tribute Michael. Looks a bit like St Paul, whose day it is today! yes?!

    • Michael Edwards

      Well it's not mine ... yet!
      Cheers Orchi

      • orchidee

        Yep, St Michael's Day end of September (29th). He is an Archangel. All the angels are remembered on his day too. I never knew you was a chief Angel!

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      • Goldfinch60

        Good write, that picture means a great deal to you obviously.

        • Michael Edwards

          Yes it does - It's funny how we become attached to things passed down but even regardless of that there is something beautiful in the shepherd with his loyal dog looking after a lamb in a bygone era.

        • BRIAN & ANGELA

          Thanks Michael ~ Ever since the 1840's PHOTOGRAPHY has been a great visual record of Social History prior to the we relied on painting which (as you know) are often stylised ! Love the picture ~ love the poem ~ Thanks for sharing ~ BRIAN ~ If one painted that in Art Class (Old Man with DOG feeding a LAMB !) it would lack the LOVE ! Keep opening PANDORA'S BOX for us ! B.

          • Michael Edwards

            Thank you Brian - yes paintings are a good source of information of the past but they do not reflect the heart of society from a historical perspective.

          • Mottakeenur Rehman

            Heart touching!

          • Tony36

            Well written and expressed

          • FineB

            Thank you Michael.

            A lovely dignified look at old age!

            Old age should be celebrated!

            Keep writing
            FineB

          • Louis Gibbs

            A well written tribute, Michael. I appreciate the expanding-stanza form you gave it.

            • Michael Edwards

              A bit different for me but it seemed to work. Thanks Louis

            • FredPeyer

              I have to assume that this is a tribute to your grandfather. Beautifully written, Michael! In these four short stanzas you succeed to paint a whole picture of him. Kudos, well done!



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