Preserved or Lost
Real life scenes can make the artist's day.
Norman Rockwell left many on display.
The rest of the story revealed a stay.
Hang them on the wall to be viewed by all.
The boy was digging worms for a fishing day.
Behind him, his pet geese were eating away.
In patient calm, a wise canine
Was watching the striped cat eating his food.
He shared and forgot and the day went fine.
What view may this reveal?
Will memory give it a grand appeal?
Is it left untold for time to steal?
Will the lesson, the view relays
Be with us to stay always?
Will it be lost and gone with yesterday?
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