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Is It True? Do Only the Good Die Young? a Poem, Not a Song--My Nephew . . . .

Updated on January 6, 2020
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Poems about sadness and happiness around holidays and other life events--Victoria Lynn writes about it all.None of this stuff is easy, folks

When a Loved One Dies

My nephew's tombstone
My nephew's tombstone | Source

Do Only The Good Die Young?

Only the good die young--Aw, a word to the wise

Or is it just Billy Joel who claims early demise?

But I’ve seen it, too, the angels who leave just

one day are gone, their plans all but dust.

On the six o-clock news the media agree

How often do we hear there’s none better than he

Was or who would have thought that he would be taken.

He’s good, and he’s giving, so our faith is now shaken.


How often do you hear he was a horrible man

Not his kids or his priest or his barber could stand

And we’ll be better off without him around

He deserved to be shot; he deserved to be drowned.

Ridiculous, yeah, but that’s not what we hear.

We learn how he gave to the orphans each year.

So the good die young? Yeah, too often for me.

I think and I ponder the pattern I see . . . .


So what word to the wise? My thoughts, my three cents

To Hell with being good? Mean makes more sense.

If it’s long life you want, don’t put on that halo

But live for yourself, to the beggars just say no.

Oh,I know of exceptions, of bad seeds who die

But it seems like too often, we're left to ask why--

innocent child, gentle mother , not even twenty--

Why choose them, God, when the jerks there are plenty?


Only the good die young? Or mostly it seems

Without the chance to grow up, to live out their dreams.

But is that the point? To live a long life

full of working and bills and marital strife?

Only the good die young? So maybe it’s really

More than Joel’s song, a tune some think silly

But maybe speaks true about those who pass on

Who share all their light before they are gone.


But those who remain, we’ve got more to do

Nirvana’s not ours, we haven’t a clue

Like the others before us who had it together

Their time here was through. No need for forever.


Only the good die young, praises already sung.

And the ones of us behind need time to learn in kind.


Only the Good Die Young Video

© 2014 Victoria Lynn

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