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When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in  North Platte ,  Nebraska , it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.  One nurse took her copy to  Missouri . 

The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the  St. Louis Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Crabby Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. .. . What do you see?
What are you thinking . . . . . when you're looking at me?
A crabby old man . . .. . . not very wise,
Uncertain of habit . . . . . with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food . . . . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . . . . . 'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . .. . . . the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not . . . . . lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . . . The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking? . . . . . Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . . you're not looking at me.

I'll tell you who I am. . . . .. . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, . . . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . . . . . with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters . . . . . who love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen . . . . with wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now . .. . . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . . . my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows . . . . . that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now . . . . . I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . . . .. . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . . . . With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons . . .. . . have grown and are gone,
But my woman's beside me . . . . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . .. . . My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me . . . . . my wife is now dead.
I look at the future . . . . . shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing . . . . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . . . and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old man . ... . . . and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles . . . . . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . . where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass . . . . . a young guy still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys . . . . . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . life over again.

I think of the years, all too few . . . .. . gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people . . . . . open and see.
Not a crabby old man .. . . Look closer . . . see ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet 
an older person who you might brush aside 
without looking at the young soul within. 
We will all, one day, be there, too!

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This is my website.  It tells the story and offers several things for you.
 
My Ministry that I hope everyone will view to see if you are interested in being a participant. It is:  http://faithfulwatchingforchrist.com
Thank You and I hope you will "check us out."
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My Ministry that I hope everyone will view to see if you are interested in being a participant. It is:  http://faithfulwatchingforchrist.com
Thank You and I hope you will "check us out."
Maranatha,
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Intro to End Time, parousia Yahoo! Group plus a Blog.
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Wonderful son that went to meet the Lord in 2010
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"I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe was sang at my son, Joshua Cole Butler's Funeral in Brownwood, TX.  He was a Christian young man that would help people, give them money when no one else knew, forgave when he was wronged and maybe will play his Bass Guitar in Heaven while praising God.  We're looking forward to seeing you in heaven son.  We love and miss you, but one day...!  Mommy & Daddy, and also in remembrance to Wayne Horton who presided at his funeral.  Looking forward to seeing you both one day.  Mommy and Daddy, Suzette and Dale Butler
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I also have a Facebook Page, Dale Butler, Brownwood, TX
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"Faithful Watching For Christ" Blog...goes along with Yahoo! group concerning the End Times, parouia, etc.
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"I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe was sang at my son, Joshua Cole Butler's Funeral in Brownwood, TX.  He was a Christian young man that would help people, give them money when no one else knew, forgave when he was wronged and maybe will play his Bass Guitar in Heaven while praising God.  We're looking forward to seeing you in heaven son.  We love and miss you, but one day...!  Mommy & Daddy, and also in remembrance to Wayne Horton who presided at his funeral.  Looking forward to seeing you both one day.  Mommy and Daddy, Suzette and Dale Butler
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Josh, will be looking forward to seeing you again.  We miss you son.  Love, Dad
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Brownwood, TX, United States
Previously
Louisiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky. I am a native Texan. - Alice, TX, Milano, TX, West Monroe, LA, New Boston, TX, Williamstown, WV, Athens, OH, Ceres, CA, Arlington, TX, Plano, TX, Lexington, KY, Abilene, TX, Brownwood, TX
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Christian husband and father trying to serve God faithfully.
Introduction
I grew up in Alice Texas and attended Alice High School for two years.  After my father had a heart attack, we moved to Milano, TX where I attended Milano High School and graduated. My 
sister in Milano is Lou Graham and my Brother-in-law is Petie Graham.

I attended Southwest Texas State University where I was in Choir, The Madrigal Singers, The Student Senate, President of the Press Club, and Associated Student Representative. I participated in intramural football and for a short period of time volleyball.  I was a Regular at McCarty Student Center which was a Church of Christ gathering place for college Students.  I found my wife there (Suzette), proposed to her, married her and now we have been together 42 years having had four wonderful children.  Unfortunately we lost our middle son Joshua (Josh) at the age of 29 to cancer.

In addition to college, I attended "White's Ferry Rd. School of Biblical Studies" in West Monroe, La.  I was a Preacher, Evangelist in the Church of Christ and The Christian Care Center a non-denominational church.  My wife and I published and edited "Today's Youth Magazine" and we are both published writers.  Suzette and I founded "Victims of Choice" and "Women's Referral Service" a ministry to women who have had Abortions.  I reactivated "Right to Life" chapter in Athens, OH and my wife and I spoke in various cities, universities, and conventions.  

I love to sing and have done "specials" at many churches and venues.  

Other jobs include: Manager of Lumber Yards and Home Centers including 84 Lumber and Contractor's Warehouse.  I also owned a computer store and repair shop in Brownwood, TX where I currently reside named "CompuSolve."


I am currently recovering from a recent (Jan 28, 2015) massive coronary where I had to be life-flighted to Abilene and came close to death.  I have lost forty-six percent of my heart but I am believing and expecting God to fully heal me.

My wife is Suzette Butler who I love and adore and who is my Best Friend.  My childrens names are April, Dace, Joshua (deceased) and Jonathon.

I attend the Early Church of Christ in Early, TX and I love our preacher and shepherds and the rest of the church family dearly.  One of my favorite scriptures is John 13:35, "By this shall they know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another."

Dale
Bragging rights
My wife Suzette and Four Children (Joshua deceased).
Work
Occupation
Owner of Yahoo Group "Faithful Watching For Christ" http://www.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FaithfulWatchingForChrist/info and Website: http://FaithfulWatchingForChrist.com
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Writing, Public Speaking
Employment
  • University Interscholastic League, Texas Judge
    Judge, 2013 - present
    Judging Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Prose, Extemporaneous Speaking, and more.
  • "Faithful Watching for Christ" http://faithfulwatchingforchrist.com
    Owner, 2013 - present
    Oversee and recruit new members to the "Faithful Watching For Christ" Yahoo Group discussing the End Times and other Bible Studies.
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Suzette Brown Butler, Spouse