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 Post subject: Painting the Picture
PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:58 pm 
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Painting the Picture

When my hair is thin and silvered
And my time of toil is through
When I've many years behind me
And ahead of me a few

I shall want to sit, I reckon
Sort of dreaming in the sun
And recall the roads I've traveled
And the many things I've done

I hope there will be no picture
That I'll hate to look upon
When the time to paint it better
Or to wipe it out is gone

I hope there will be no vision
Of a hasty word I said
That has left a trail of sorrow
Like a whip welt sore and red

And I hope my old age dreaming
Will bring back no bitter scene
Of a time when I was selfish,
Or a time when I was mean

When I'm getting old and feeble
And I'm far along life's way
I don't want to sit regretting
Any bygone yesterday

I am painting now the picture
That I'll want someday to see
I am filling in a canvas
That will soon come back to me

Though nothing great is on it
And though nothing there is fine
I shall want to look it over
When I'm old, and call it mine

So I do not dare to leave it
While the paint is warm and wet
With a single thing upon it
That I later will regret

Author: Edwin W Truesdell


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