Edgar Albert Guest

(20 August 1881 - 5 August 1959 / Birmingham / England)

When An Old Man Gets To Thinking


When an old man gets to thinking of the years he's traveled through,
He hears again the laughter of the little ones he knew.
He isn't counting money, and he isn't planning schemes;
He's at home with friendly people in the shadow of his dreams.

When he's lived through all life's trials and his sun is in the west,
When he's tasted all life's pleasures and he knows which ones were best,
Then his mind is stored with riches, not of silver and of gold,
But of happy smiling faces and the joys he couldn't hold.

Could we see what he is seeing as he's dreaming in his chair,
We should find no scene of struggle in the distance over there.
As he counts his memory treasures, we should see some shady lane
Where's he walking with his sweetheart, young, and arm in arm again.

We should meet with friendly people, simple, tender folk and kind,
That had once been glad to love him. In his dreaming we should find
All the many little beauties that enrich the lives of men
That the eyes of youth scarce notice and the poets seldom pen.

Age will tell you that the memory is the treasure-house of man.
Gold and fleeting fame may vanish, but life's riches never can;
For the little home of laughter and the voice of every friend
And the joys of real contentment linger with us to the end.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (When An Old Man Gets To Thinking by Edgar Albert Guest )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. The 3 kelvin sound of great expectations, Marcel Aouizerate
  2. Online Halloween, Marcel Aouizerate
  3. A royal glasshouse, Marcel Aouizerate
  4. Poem: Quiet Spaces, Joseph James Breunig 3rd
  5. Where You Are Planted, Evie Shockley
  6. We are not in favor of, gajanan mishra
  7. Afterward, Lawrence Beck
  8. Fourth's Corner, michael walkerjohn
  9. O stop, little, lovely rose, Saheb Mohapatra
  10. Diwali For The Dead, Saheb Mohapatra

Poem of the Day

poet William Butler Yeats

WINE comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Anna Akhmatova

 

Member Poem

poet Sumita Datta

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. From 'The Testament of Beauty', Robert Seymour Bridges
  4. A Night Thought, William Wordsworth
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. A Drinking Song, William Butler Yeats
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  10. A Moments Indulgence, Rabindranath Tagore

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]