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A True Measure For J.T, Ellison
IOI (7/4/1934 / Hebburn.Co Durham U.K)

A True Measure For J.T, Ellison

The measure of a life is not
the length of time from birth to death.
Nor the possessions you have got
or what you say with your last breath

But what you did whilst you were here.
The joy and happiness you shared
with those you loved and held most dear.
With total strangers if you dared.

If all your kind deeds can outweigh
the things you did which you regret.
As through the world you made your way,
and folks are willing to forget.

Your little foibles faults and flaws
because you did more good than harm.
As you tried to steer your course
through the rough waters to the calm.

Your worth is only measured by
The memories you leave behind.
this is a truth I can’t deny.
To which I have become resigned.

26-May-08

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Comments (4)

Ivory I realy enjoyed every line of your poem.keep it up
The joy and happiness you shared with those you loved and held most dear. I liked these lines...all the lines are good an excellent piece of work
Whatever you have said in this poem is the reality of life. Very well said with very gooduse of aliteration. You have measure up life in beautifully balanced meter with perfect rhyme and rhythm. Loved it.
Alas, what stays behind Are those deeds that come to mind Embedded so that they Always seem to say, 'Forgive and forget. Never. No matter how clever You may try to be Through the veils we all can see The dark side of your life That remains cause of the strife Your misdeeds bring for sure To your fellow travelers no matter how pure.' Written with politicians in mind. s