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When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, 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 Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

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

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky 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 is 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 ... . . . . I 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.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man 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 cranky 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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Immigration News - Pass the word: Due to the violent upheaval situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, the U.S. has decided to grant Temporary Protected Status to Syrian nationals - applications can already be filed. Read more http://tinyurl.com/7c7mlcp

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Check out our March enews! Find out about the 2 big events we'll have this year to celebrate our anniversary! And learn 3 fun facts about Canal Alliance http://p0.vresp.com/GakTMZ #vr4smallbiz

Queridos amigos, si son de El Salvador y tienen TPS tiene que renovarlo hasta el 12 de Marzo. Si usted no tiene $380 para renovar su permiso de trabajo, renueve su TPS, sin el permiso de trabajo, para permanecer en el programa y hacer renueve el permiso de trabajo después, cuando tenga el dinero. Haga una cita con nosotros llenando nuestro formulario en línea http://canalalliance.org/ensuring-legal-equity/immigration-intake-form
o llámenos al 415-454-2640

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Dear friends, if you are from El Salvador and you have TPS status you need to renew it by 3/12. If you don't have $380 to renew your work permit, renew your TPS without the work permit, to stay in the program and do the work permit later, when you save up the money. Make an appointment with us by filling out our online form http://canalalliance.org/ensuring-legal-equity/immigration-intake-form
or call us at 415-454-2640

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San Rafael's Canal area, by contrast, median earnings are $21,000 — about what a typical American worker earned in the late 1960s http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_19762280

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