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Topic: light (05/24/04)

TITLE: Have You Seen The Sunset?
By Glenn A. Hascall
05/24/04

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Have You Seen The Sunset?
Glenn A. Hascall


"Have you seen the sunset?"
The old man chuckled as he waved
He pointed to the skyline
Then to the bench seat he had saved

"It nearly puts the snow to shame
It has so many shades - so pretty."
He wrapped his arms around himself
Willing warmth while he waxed giddy

"But then I don't suppose
One so important as yourself
Finds time to gaze in awe and wonder
While wondering 'bout your wealth."

I found myself defensive
My passion seeking vent
Of course I was a busy man
And time I couldn't rent

But the old man simply smiled
Offense - not his design
His face turned to the setting sun
As that face began to shine

"I wish I'd noticed sooner,"
The man spoke words so subtle
"Have you seen the sunset?"
I had not one rebuttal

I watched the old man glory
As he viewed the sinking orb
He seemed to drink in every sight
Something I had not absorbed

"Someday this may have meaning
I pray you won't take long
All the work in the world can not compare
To the beauty of Sun's Setting Song."

Well, time has kept a steady march
And it's me now on that bench
I recall the words of the old man
This time I do not flinch

If only I had listened
So many years before
When I blindly allowed the sun to set
Behind my closed front door

But today It's me that's watching
As I just can't help but grin
"Have you seen the sunset"
I ask the old question once again.

And I receive a look
Like one I once displayed
But it simply didn't matter
With such a message to convey

"Have you seen the sunset?"


Copyright 2004 by Glenn A. Hascall


Member Comments
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Mary Elder-Criss05/31/04
I enjoyed this poem, Glenn. My grandmother always told me how important it was "to take time to smell the roses"...sort of the same concept here. I always tell my kids that for me looking at the sky anytime of the day, mroning, evening, night...shouts of God and His Creation!
Marcell Billinghurst05/31/04
What a lovely poem.
what a good reminder to take time to enjoy the simple things of life and the glory of creation.
L.M. Lee05/31/04
like how you took the story full circle.
Juanita Pittman-Brown05/31/04
Such a credit to the use of verse...I love the way you told the story and used the music of words to do so...I loved the point you made...Easy to read and a pleasure to absorb...The length was perfect for the story and the pace of word order to me was excellent...Thank you for sharing your poem with me -- it blessed me and gave me thought to ponder...Juanita Pittman-Brown
Annette Agnello05/31/04
I loved your poem. It was bittersweet but teaches a good lesson.
Gary Sims05/31/04
Nice job Glenn.
Deborah Porter 05/31/04
Glenn, this is de"light"ful! I loved that line "Willing warmth while he waxed giddy". Beautiful piece. With love, Deb
Melanie Kerr 06/01/04
An excellent narrative poem.
B Price06/02/04
Loved the poem, and love the line "Sun's Setting Song."
of course I think sunset are beautiful, and the memories of my step daddy, and dear husband enjoyed watchig the sunset many times.
thanks for the memories and a great poem.
GOD BLESS
Lynne Gaunt06/04/04
I really do like poems that tell a story. Thank you for this one, it made me think. Good job!