It was a sunny day
When I met a man along my way.
I didn’t catch his name but it was all the same,
I knew his worth
90 years since his birth.
He laughed as he told a joke or two
I listened and I laughed too.
I bid him farewell
Yet he followed me out and I could tell,
He had a story to share
So l lent him my ear.
He smiled as he talked of his children
5, all grown
Not far from home
He also had grandchildren of his own.
I didn’t catch their names but it was all the same
I knew their worth,
By the sparkle in his eyes
These treasures that money can’t buy.
I listened and I smiled too.
He paused and looked me deep in the eyes,
He almost began to cry.
He asked me if I knew of pain
That cuts deep like a knife
He talked of his wife,
68 years sharing life.
I didn’t catch her name but it was all the same.
I knew her worth
The loveliest woman ever put on planet earth!
His countenance aglow
As his mind wandered through time and space,
I did not catch the place
Where his thoughts remained,
But it’s all the same.
In his silence I knew of its worth
This place that needed no words
I listened to the quietness
And I cried a little too.
It was time to go and we said our goodbyes,
He shook my hand gently and let out a sigh,
I’m not sure why
But he said it looked like rain
Although it was a sunny day.
I didn’t catch his name but it’s all the same.
I knew the worth
Of this moment in time,
I saw a stranger’s heart
And it touched mine
For a moment our lives intertwined
I too sighed as I walked away
And I thought of rain on this sunny day
And this man I met along my way.