13 October 2008

The Grandparents

the grandfather, he’s eighty-six
and still provides for his kin.
what will they do if he gets sick
and can’t make the trip in
to the food bank for the charity provisions?
he says those boys are not living like they should
all the time getting into trouble and up to no good.
he hopes someday they’ll step up
and be men of integrity
fulfilling their responsibility
as good citizens of the country he fought for.

the grandmother just lost her life-long spouse.
she has to leave her home next week
and go live in her daughter’s house
for the time being.
sorrow and poor health have left her weak.
she fights back tears when she speaks,
says no one will help her pack
or carry boxes out.
she has diabetes. her legs are tired and so is her back.
she’s got other ailments too that she didn’t talk about.
she always did for them what she could,
ever since they were babies.
now, if they would
help her, just once, and not be so lazy.

two different people
yet their stories are the same.
they suffered and sacrificed,
two pawns, playing along in life’s game.
in the end, who decides
who walks and who rides?
so many people today are in the same boat
while others are selfish,
they stand by and gloat
just thinking about themselves
not realizing they contributed to the pain.
how sad that the love they received
was given in vain.

Leviticus 19:32
" 'Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.

18 Sept 2008

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