When I Am Very Old
                by Arthur O. Roberts

When I am very old and cannot walk,
  come sit with me awhile, and talk
    of paths where we have strolled
          together, or apart.

When I am very old and cannot see,
   could you read the Bible, maybe,
            or a cherished book
        to give light to my heart?

When I am very old and cannot hear,
 do not shout, just stand quite near
     and touch me while you speak,
         so I can feel your words.

When I am very old and out of touch
   with what used to matter much,
        be patient, hold me then,
             as once I held you.

When I am very old and do not know
       even that you come and go
          about my lonely room
      your love will keep me true.

When I am very old, your love will guide
       my body and my mind and soul
          across the bridge of years
          to Life, and calm my fears.


[from Messengers of God,  Barclay Press, 1996, used here by permission of the author]


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