Have You Seen The Sunset?

"Have you seen the sunset?"
The old man chuckled as he waved
He pointed to the skyline
Then to the bench seat he had saved

"It nearly puts the snow to shame
It has so many shades - so pretty."
He wrapped his arms around himself
Willing warmth while he waxed giddy

"But then I don't suppose
One so important as yourself
Finds time to gaze in awe and wonder
While wondering 'bout your wealth."

I found myself defensive
My passion seeking vent
Of course I was a busy man
And time I couldn't rent

But the old man simply smiled
Offense - not his design
His face turned to the setting sun
As that face began to shine

"I wish I'd noticed sooner,"
The man spoke words so subtle
"Have you seen the sunset?"
I had not one rebuttal

I watched the old man glory
As he viewed the sinking orb
He seemed to drink in every sight
Something I had not absorbed

"Someday this may have meaning
I pray you won't take long
All the work in the world can not compare
To the beauty of Sun's Setting Song."

Well, time has kept a steady march
And it's me now on that bench
I recall the words of the old man
This time I do not flinch

If only I had listened
So many years before
When I blindly allowed the sun to set
Behind my closed front door

But today It's me that's watching
As I just can't help but grin
"Have you seen the sunset"
I ask the old question once again.

And I receive a look
Like one I once displayed
But it simply didn't matter
With such a message to convey

"Have you seen the sunset?"

- Glenn A. Hascall -

[ by: Glenn A. Hascall Copyright © 2004 (cmi@prairieweb.com) -- submitted by Glenn Hascall ]


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