Stop, and Study These Things

 . . .in his face are experiences that you never had . . .
. . .in his face are experiences that you never had . . .

It's just a moment

a moment you will never have again even on the other side to which we travel. It's a minuscule measure you will never regret spending on studying a man's face like this. Not his words.

In the cemented-wrinkles of his face are those experiences good, bad, happy and sad. Experiences you have longed to have and those you should never live. He's not a celebrated man. He is but a member of an endless number of dad's, father's, husband's, brothers, uncles and grandfathers with no certificate of honor to close his life. Just a quiet place of rest near that old Oak where he played when his dad would pay that yearly-visit to grandpa.

If you only stop. Study without harming the moment with unneeded questions and absorb what is in his wrinkles and use what he has to your advantage, your years and life will be the more richer.


 . . . if you can hear the song and words of a silent tear, then your heart will be easier . . .
. . . if you can hear the song and words of a silent tear, then your heart will be easier . . .

It's a matter of listening

when others are rambling on with faded stories about a lie that they have told so true. It's a God-granted minute, sixty little seconds laughed at by the powers we wonder, she cries one silent tear.

One silent tear that says so much about her shattered dreams of a starry-night life with a man who's presence quakes the darkness. One area small to the naked eye and a moment she never saw who caused her man to die.

Listen as hard as you can. Ignore an equal amount of will. In her one tear, your heart will be touched as your life is moved. And your wisdom will be silently-increased.

. . .other things worthy of studying

 . . . within the antiquated lies the accomplished efforts . . .
. . . within the antiquated lies the accomplished efforts . . .

Consider the old

for in an old man's hat, tie, shoes or suit, lies the numerous unnoticed and yet accomplishments of a life lived by simple wills and efforts. Just sit near these old people who can hear without turning. See without looking. And understand without stammering.

 . . . little angel so perfect in love. Kissing and caressing each star above . . .
. . . little angel so perfect in love. Kissing and caressing each star above . . .

Lose yourself in her eyes

for in her eyes are the answers to the mysteries of the universe. Every mortal question dreamed and why things find wreckage, or so it seems. Still, take a mere moment to see what she sees. And study how to see how she sees. You will be a happier soul unburdened by opaque ambition, but simple joy.

 . . . one unseen peek, one doubt now weak. She seeks one touch of truth; a sure step to guide her from today . . .
. . . one unseen peek, one doubt now weak. She seeks one touch of truth; a sure step to guide her from today . . .

Make this your business

to interrupt a questioned-life. Whether or not she can be his wife? She will be angry at your persistence, but in that moment of anger, truth always seeps into the heart and with only one word, one whisper, surety of step will take the stage. Don't stand idle like a dying Oak. Walk faithfully and with your ordered-words, you take her hand.

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annart 20 months ago from SW England

Wise words here, Kenneth. You're so right; we can see and learn so much if we just keep quiet and look and watch and study.

I often watch my grandchildren, the feelings and questions in their eyes and expressions. Old people can tell us stories with words but, as you say, with just their lives in their faces.

Great hub! Up ++ and sharing.

Ann


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travmaj 20 months ago from australia

I agree with Ann - (and you) how much we can see by being observant. and so much to observe when people watching, in quiet emotions and reaction..

I have to state though, I hope my face isn't telling to much of a story - it might be ready but I'm not!

Cheers Kenneth


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Annart,

Thank you, dear friend, for the sweet, positive comment. I loved it. I was scared to write this one when I am used to a more-satirical hub. Or abstract/prose.

But when I started, I recalled several elderly people I have known as well as like you, children such as my three grandkids, ages 11, 8, and 6 and all normal kids.

Thank God.

And Thank God for Your Friendship, talent and following.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

travmaj,

Thank you also for your wonderful comment. You two hubbers made my night, March 24.

And I am like you, I am not ready to make "that" trip beyond this life.

Besides, what stories my face tells are all about wrinkles.

Peace.


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annart 20 months ago from SW England

Yes, but the experience and the wisdom is all in the wrinkles!

I think you write your satyrical hubs with humour and style but I think you write this type of hub with great depth, showing that you are a wordsmith and sharing such emotion. They are my favourite style of yours.

Ann


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

My Dear, Talented Friend, annart,

I have been a part of HP for four years this coming June and I have to say that THIS comment of yours is the most sensitive and moving comment I have been given.

And now I wonder if I am worthy of such kindness?

ann, I can say the same thing about you and your style--you have the gift of weaving various phrases with each one with its own soft meaning that can touch so many lives and I am serious.

Thank you for being such a GREAT friend and follower and write me anytime.

Kenneth

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