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Baby missing after mom and 2 others slain on Kansas farm

Authorities are searching for a baby girl, Lana Leigh Bailey, who hasn't been seen for more than a week and whose mother was found slain with two men on a Kansas farm.

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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 . . . 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!

The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart!
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old soldiers never die, in homage to the brave soldiers. he's wise not cranky, what heartening poem, profound sigh for his loneliness. thanks for commenting ! +Andrea Notter 
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Na my camera wouldn't put the stamp on it if i asked it not to but the camera is beyond me
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they bully w/o eveb knowing the whole stinkin' story......
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like father, like son.  that's satire !  a teary laughter, haha...ha !
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Many of you know that tomorrow is my birthday. I'm only asking for one thing this year: Share this post and click this link!

Next week will be my fifth ride with the Livestrong Foundation, and it's symbolic of the fifth year since Cancer took my father from me. I have to say, Father's Day is rough. And since it is falling on the same weekend as my birthday, it really makes me want the only thing I've wished for every year since that day:

A Cure for Cancer.

Thank you to all of you who have already donated. One step at a time, we can beat this. Help me make a change in the world. Help me make sure no other families have to go through what mine has.

I Love you, Dad, and I miss you.
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Happy birthday.
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Hey, if ya don't know me, tough luck. However, if you DO know me, shhhhh about my inner life.
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I'm a real live bookworm, pianist, grammar freak and computer addict ALL in one.
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