Council of Elders

old-shoe

Really powerful words by a great writer. Read and enjoy!

Source of Inspiration

The Elders of the tribe

hold council for the young

offering the wisdom gleaned

through time. Wrinkled faces

bowed backs, they listen patiently

then, in brevity of words, offer

possibilities to consider, leaving

final decisions to wait until

all have been heard and a

vote taken; justice, fairness

compassion guide the process.

Now our Elders are abandoned

in hallways of loneliness

institutions where they sit

drugged into silence

to wait without honor

until death steals them away

and another forgotten

mother or father finds

their place of lost dreams.

Oh, you ungrateful children

your time will come when

you, too, are cast away

left on the roadside

like a forgotten shoe

unless

you change a culture

that no longer respects

their elders to one

that cherishes all ages

from womb to tomb

and into the Great Beyond.

Source: Council of Elders

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