When the sun has bleached my colors
And the stars are growing dim,
When my weary back is bending
And my hair is growing thin.
When I am no longer roving
And I hunker by the hearth,
When no distant ports are calling
And sweet home is now my berth.
When the stag stands on the hillside,
Now unafraid to roar;
And the salmon swims the river,
Unmolested by my lure.
When the snow filled mountain valleys
Are not christened by my tracks,
And dark distant jungle trails;
Are but seldom now cut back.
When my JR rifle’s silent
And my pack lays on the floor;
When the golden last safaris
Are but memories evermore —
Though the sun still rises early,
And I know I’ll seldom roam;
I’ll yet quench the quest within me,
‘til my father calls me home.
© Loubert S Suddaby. All Rights Reserved.