"Oaks and Olives"
The future of the elders lies
not in their hours or days,
but in oaks and olives.
They have already run their race,
made homes, raised children,
arranged their affairs.
They do not look to the future
for their own sake, but for
those who come after.
Do not come to them with questions
about what the future may hold:
it will not hold them for long.
The future of the elders
is planting trees in whose shade
they know they will never be able to sit.