Until you've walked a while in my shoes,
Don't toss me aside like yesterdays news.
Though I'm but a shadow of what used to be,
Don't turn away! I beg of you, please!
There's a real living being inside of this shell,
Who's lived a full life, and lived it well.
I once was a child full of vigor and fun,
And wide eyed wonder of a life just begun.
I've passed many mile stones over my years.
I fought many battles, and conquered my fears.
I was highly regarded in our society,
A leader and pillar of the community.
I've know both sorrow and happiness.
But now, I have outlived my usefulness.
Clearly, time has taken my youth away.
I'm weak and frail, my hair has thinned and grayed.
Life's burdens and woes have wrinkled my face.
My memories so dear, have all been erased.
My spirit is dwindling, my flesh is too weak.
My thoughts are confused when I try to speak.
The ones that I cared for, now must care for me.
I pray you may never know such humility.
Alas! I've come full circle, I'm child-like again.
I've lost control of my life. On you I must depend.
Untill I'm called Home by my Father above,
Treat me with kindness, compassion and love.
Give me all the respect that I am due.
Because one day, I just might be YOU!