Treasure Island

Shalom Freedman

(Troy New York)

The Old Have To Work For Their Happiness


THE OLD HAVE TO WORK FOR THEIR HAPPINESS

The Old have to work for their happiness-
It does not come easily
And spontaneously
As the laughter of children
As the wild joy of youth -

They have to strive against the pain and disappointments
They have to strive against all the losses
All the difficult memories-

They have to courageously determine
To make the best of what they have
And try not to complain-

To see Beauty wherever they can find it
And make of every little moment of happiness
Something to be savored-

It is hard to be old and happy,
And those who make it have courage
And luck and blessing als0-
Against so much suffering they have known
They must look to whatever light can still be seen-

Submitted: Sunday, September 01, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 02, 2013
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