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Wednesday, 26 September 2007 02:14

A Poem by Charles Williams

April 2007
 
 
After I'm gone, those who remain will truly see
The way things became when my life ceased to be.
Considering my virtues, my life's story now a reverie,
Did my living earn your gratitude?
Was my life an example of complexity?
Did expectations meet expectations?
Was gentility a key?
Did common sense win over nonsense?
Did goodness shine in the face of misery?
For these things and for so many other things,
For what remember me?
After I'm gone, those who remain will truly see
The way things became when my life ceased to be.
Considering my virtues, my life's story now a reverie,
Did my living earn your gratitude?
Was my life an example of complexity?
Did expectations meet expectations?
Was gentility a key?
Did common sense win over nonsense?
Did goodness shine in the face of misery?
For these things and for so many other things,
For what remember me?

Was I true to my family; was I faithful to my friends?
Was my life's journey inspiring to its end?
Did I indulge in harmful things, my soul to forever rend?
Or can I be forgiven for mindless transgressions,
The fate of so many who pay a mighty fee.
For these things and for so many other things,
For what remember me?

If you're inclined to dismiss my time as waste cast upon a rolling sea,
With waves, high winds, and storm warnings never heeded and faced recklessly,
Then to you it's a question of faith, for your life's fulfillment is yet to be.
Best wishes for clear sailing, may you find serenity!
I am gone and have no regrets, no requests, no lingering wrongs to right.
I have passed on to the beyond, just like another day into another night.
I thank you for indulging me through all these years of strife,
And wish you joy in your journey through the particulars of your life.
May your dreams be not lost on rolling seas,
May you not face high winds and storm warnings recklessly.
May you have no regrets, no requests, no lingering wrongs to right.
May you face your demise, as I did, fearlessly,
When your time comes on that fateful night.
Your family's tears will cry for thee.
They will truly see what became when your life ceased to be.
Any memory of my life on earth will be long gone hopefully,
For these things and for so many other things,
For what remember me?

Copyright 2007, Charles Williams


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