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The Vigil

By Joe Kreger

He sits there on the front porch--
and gazes down the street,
looking for a friendly face
or someone just to greet.

Faded eyes and silver stubble
decorate a furrowed face--
weather-beaten old survivor,
now just occupying space.

A mind so full of wisdom
that he can't articulate,
feeble body cased in shabby clothes,
so worn and out of date.

A builder of this nation,
a soldier of her wars
now dozes in the sunlight,
labored breathing, raspy snores.

A husband and a father,
who always did his part,
now rouses from his slumber
and wakes up with a start.

He resumes again his vigil,
this intermittent sleeper.
Fearlessly, he watches
for the coming of the Reaper.

Editor's note: Joe Kreger writes from his home in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. His CDs are available from the Journal by calling 1-800-954-5263.

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