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This I Saw

Story ID:8081
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:2008
Person:Aging Chelsea Kansas Kid
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This I saw

As I sat at my table
Down at Mimi’s café
Sippin my black coffee
Yesterday

I watched the oldsters
As they passed my table
Some leaning on canes and walkers
Moving slowly, some barely able

To shuffle to their seat
Sit down carefully
Smile up at the waitress
And order something to eat

I see cheerleaders
Hi school stars
Jitter bugging dancers
And young men who fought wars

Teenage drivers
In their Chevies and Fords
Doin Main street
With their steady gal aboard

I see Quarterbacks and Linemen
And Basketball players
Drama Queens, and Actors
Writers and Essayers

Next time you see a slow moving older person
Remember a couple things
They’ve been around the world
They’ve seen wondrous things

Look at them as youngsters
Who like you
Once were
It’s not hard to do

Let your eyes see someone standing tall
Someone “tried and true”
Show no pity at all
They live and love as you do

They were once
The younger generation
So don’t feel sorry for them
They’re here for the duration.

Monte L. Manka 7-3-08