You can see them on the periphery
or sometimes in small groups.
Often they are alone,
sitting comfortably and quietly observing.
These are the wise ones.
They may be bent by the years
and a little rough around the edges.
They may move slowly
and with care…
for they have learned to honor the limits.
When in their presence,
Meet their eyes with yours.
You will be stunned by the light of life
which sparkles with the kind of glow
that can only be fashioned over time.
Allow yourself to soak up its wisdom.
Take the time.
Don’t miss this connection.
Instead, know this:
these are the ones to know –
for they long to sing their song for you,
to tell the story.
Life has finally made them real.
If you slow down enough
to take a seat,
you will discover gold.
Copyright© Cynthia Cady Stanton, 2020
“Once you are real you cannot be ugly except to those who don’t understand.” —Velveteen Rabbit