today I met a lovely old gent
used a cane and was a bit bent
he had a twinkle in his eye
and a rather cute smile

he nodded a greeting
then came back with a taunt
although a bit gaunt
he was joyfully full of life

then as I drove away
he was in the roadway
stopping to let him cross
he bowed with aplomb

what a blast
felt touched by an angel
he had made my day
pray I may age this well

for life is far too short
to grumble or be out of sort
his mischievous sparkle
lit up my day

the rain has been rather non-stop so fires have abated but now flooding …