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Poem: Tombstone Legacy

Updated on April 30, 2012
What will be written about you on your tombstone?
What will be written about you on your tombstone?

From birth to earth, the time goes by so fast,

In history a scene so very short,

And yet a legacy is built we hope to last,

Of lives we’ve changed and joy to others brought.

The seasons come and drift on by,

Each phase an opportunity to leave

Indelible marks that tell the reasons why

We hold to what within our hearts believe.

The point of life, not ever clearer made

Than when the grave our last breath takes a hold.

What was the message of the path we laid?

What will our children’s children still be told?

A name upon a tombstone has no voice

Unless it spoke with passion when in song,

To show compassion, freedom of a choice

To stand up for what is right and what is wrong.

The value of our life is not in wealth,

Success cannot be measured by our gold,

True treasure is in the hurt we brought to health,

Reward is in the truth we freely told.

Don’t close your eyes on life’s last glimpse

With deep regret running down your cheek,

Understand that value lies within

The acts, the motives, and the very words you speak.

A difference made in another’s life

Is the goal that marks success,

To think outside our own insecurities and strife

To lift up others more and our own selves less.


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    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image

      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      A really awesome poem. Very beautiful and descriptive. I appreciated your words and as they are thoughtful and reflective! Voted this up and shared..:)

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      Clara Kish 5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      A very nice poem ,Sorry that I didn't get to it before. It makes one wonder what kind of legacy we are living for our children and grandchildren and on and on,Are we really doing enough .We try but are we really doing our best? Only God knows. Voted up. Clara

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wonderful poem.. time does go by so fast I was just thinking about that..

      voted up


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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Respect for the beautiful poem full of meaning, and it is an excellent treasure worth reading all the wisdom in this poem. Vote up!!!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      very nnice poem, full of emotion and deep feelings. gret work here