Sunday, 7 April 2013

Life's meaning #NaPoWriMoDaySeven

We go through life
Day by day for
Weeks and weeks
Year on year

One day,
              it comes to pass

That meaning's found
                       in what will last

But then
           A blinding light of truth
It's not at all
           What we produce
But what
           We ARE
           Near and far

These un-measurable gifts
Of ourselves, others lift
In their own memory
Across the century
Not knowing a name
There'll be no infamy or fame

But ...
On your bed
                    At the end
You might
                    For those men
You were
                    A saviour
Your deed
                    Greater than ten
                                           Right then

This poem is inspired by Wordsworth's quote  “The best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.” and linked up at real toads.


Kerry O'Connor said...

I love your approach to this poem Emma, with the sentence fragments dispersed over the page. Your last lines delivered a strong message.

Margaret said...

There'll be no infamy or fame

Life often forgets names, faces, but an act of kindness, compassion does make a difference and lives forever.

Jinksy said...

Creativity and insight - great combination of talents to use...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is very beautiful, and profoundly the end, yes, it is those moments of kindness given that matter. Wonderful write!

Peggy said...

I like this one very much and the idea it conveys!

Peggy said...

I like this one very much and the idea it conveys!

Mary said...

Your words express an important message, one definitely worth consideration.

Kay L. Davies said...

I chose the same quotation, because it is such a truth to my way of thinking.
I love the way you responded to it, Emma. I'm sure that you often have people telling you how much you have helped them without knowing it.

Hannah said...

I have to agree with Kerry here in your choice of form for expressing this poem... delivering us in the end with one of the great truths of life...well done. :)

Ella said...

Very creative n' clever!
I like how one idea cascades into another :D

Other Mary said...

Love the structure here, it helps to bring home your point.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Emma, your choice of subject reinforces your mission statement. I, too, have that problem of ensuring people don't think I'm representing my church - my hub is the pastor - so I get that.

Did not see that this would lead to Jesus, but then, most things do if one lives in that love. Peace, Amy

Panchali said...

I loved the structure and message of this poem--outstanding!

Susie Clevenger said...

Just in the way it is written it speaks of searching, and what a beautiful message it contains.