If You No Longer Run
By Don Ray Williams
January 21, 2005
When you become older, there is a chance,
That you have participated in your last dance.
There may be no more ladies in your life,
To be your companion, lover or wife.
And yet I search with others more young,
In a hope that life’s song has one more verse to be sung.
I converse with women much younger than me,
In a search to find commonality.
And in this search, one thing, I’ll tell you,
You find out exactly, what it is that you value.
Looks, intelligence, honesty, trust,
Which ones do I consider a must?
Well trust is one that has to be,
And it combines with honesty.
Intelligence is required too,
To challenge topics old and new.
And on my list, looks ranks number four,
To understand why, I’ll tell you more.
While the other three will always be,
Looks fade with time, as my mirror tells me.
So with each lady I have to ask,
With our age difference, would our love last?
Most answer, “Sure, age doesn’t matter to me”
The answer comes quick without thought or sincerity.
But one answer caught me by surprise,
It required thought. It brought tears to my eyes.
With this one lady much time I did talk,
She said “When you can no longer run,
Then I will walk”
With this answer, I found that hope had come,
Maybe there is one more verse to be sung.