Kathryn Clausnitzer Wilson posted a video to Facebook of a woman under her care reciting a poem in which she wrote about aging. It may just bring a tear to your eye.
So beautiful. We’re so glad she shared it with all of us! We’ve included the full text of the poem just below the video.
I looked in the mirror and what did I see,
but a little old lady peering back at me.
With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair
and I asked my reflection, how did you get there?
You once were straight and vigorous
and now you’re stooped and weak
when I tried so hard to keep you
from becoming an antique.
My reflection’s eyes twinkled and she solemnly replied,
‘You’re looking at the gift wrap, and not the jewel inside’
a living gem and precious of un-imagined worth,
unique and true the real you, the only you on earth.
The years that spoil your gift wrap with other things more cruel
should purify and strengthen and polish up that jewel.
So focus your attention on the inside, not the out
– on being kinder, wiser, more content and more devout.
Then, when your gift wrap is stripped away,
your jewel will be set free
to radiate God’s glory,
Poem written by Wanda B. Goines.