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He walks weary to his bed of ninety years
Down that lonely hall that once was shared
Gone early she was at eighty-four
Sweet Emma, from his heart did adore
The hand of age brushes a kiss upon her face
Like so many times before when the day is long
He removes his wire rim glasses and yawns
Folded carefully and placed beside her photo
The linen is pulled to the side, a pillow is fluffed
He sits for a while and stare into space
Slippers removed one by one, placed just so
Before he lays between the sheets, a call is heard
Gentle in the night the Loons sing their song
The moon of silver reflects in the lake across the way
Shadows of Loons in love, create ripples upon the water
This is his Golden Pond and Strawberry Patches
Together many a day they walked for miles hand in hand
Stopping to smell the flowers and pick strawberries for jam
How well he remembers those days of yest er year
Shutting the window just enough to let a breeze flow
As he turns to shut the lights, for just one moment he believes
Sweet Emma pats the bed and calls to him sweetly, "Come".
He clears his head, then a tear drops and whispers to himself
"Alright Emma my sweet, alright dear, alright".
Making his way to the bed he slides in slowly between the sheets
Leans over, turns out the light and pulls the covers up
As he thinks of Emma, The bright moon casts shadows
They are upon the wall and on the ceiling over head
Figures dancing about the room, shadowed in blues and grays
Trigger memories of dances in the church hall, down away
Slowly his eyes close, he says this prayer every night
"Lord, my Savior, this I ask
I wish to see my Sweet Emma just one more time
To be by her side and feel her warm hand in mine
If you see me fit to grant this wish,
Happy I will be, in her arms and Sweet Emma's kiss.
Thank you Almighty, Amen".


by Richard Lee Cook
Copyright 2011

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