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What's Important In Life

I have been through hard times, I've struggled like everyone else to find contentment, peace and an understanding of what life is really about. I believe age has everything to do with finally knowing what life is really about which is who we are and not what we have.

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My wife died in 2005 of cancer. With no friends and only sympathetic neighbours around me, I used poetry writing to help express my feelings.

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The True Meaning Of Life

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Published: July 8, 2017

The Years have passed by,
In the blink of an eye,
Moments of sadness,
And joy have flown by.

People I loved,
Have come and have gone,
But the world never stopped,
And we all carried on.

Life wasn't easy,
And the struggles were there,
Filled with times that it mattered,
Times I just didn't care.

I stood on my own,
And I still found my way,
Through some nights filled with tears,
And the dawn of new days.

And now with old age,
It's become very clear,
Things I once found important,
Were not why I was here.

And how many things,
That I managed to buy,
Were never what made me,
Feel better inside.

And the worries and fears,
That plagued me each day,
In the end of it all,
Would just fade away.

But how much I reached out,
To others when needed,
Would be the true measure,
Of how I succeeded.

And how much I shared,
Of my soul and my heart,
Would ultimately be,
What set me apart.

And what's really important,
Is my opinion of me,
And whether or not,
I'm the best I can be.

And how much more kindness,
And love I can show,
Before the Lord tells me,
It's my time to go.

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  • by Leslie F. Checkley
  • 3 weeks ago

My wife died in 2005 of cancer. With no friends and only sympathetic neighbours around me, I used poetry writing to help express my feelings.

  • by Leslie F. Checkley
  • 4 weeks ago

Perfectly true in every way. I will be 91 this week.

  • by Patricia A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ Poet
  • 3 weeks ago

God bless you. I'm so glad that you can relate to my words. That's all I could ask for. You take care.

  • by Miley Gomez
  • 1 month ago

Thank you very much for this poem. It's so beautiful, so touching, so true. I have chosen your poem to make a presentation, and I'm told to analyze it.

  • by Patricia A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ Poet
  • 3 weeks ago

Thank you Miley. I'm so glad you like my poem, and please feel free to use it any way you need to.

  • by Mohammad Ali Pirooz
  • 1 month ago

So touching to suddenly excite warm tears out of my eyes for the very truth meticulously expressed by dear Patricia A. Fleming in her poem!

  • by Patricia A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ Poet
  • 1 month ago

Mr. Ali, your words have touched me to think that you could feel the words of my poem so deeply. You are so very kind to take the time to read my poem and be so kind in your critique.

  • by Abu Zafar, Banglaesh
  • 2 months ago

This poem touched me very much. The subject matter of the poem seems to be true and natural. The poet has tried to put up an idea of the creator in a nice way, thus deserving appreciation. Wishing blessings from the Lord for the poet.

  • by Patricia A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ Poet
  • 1 month ago

Mr. Zafur, your words are very kind, and I am so pleased that my poem touched you. I am a strong believer in God, and it is a wonderful feeling when you realize that life is that simple. Just love God and do your best to do the right thing and everything else will fall into place. I'm very thankful to you for taking the time to read my words. May God bless you as well.

  • by Carmen Tomiuk
  • 2 months ago

I couldn't have said it any better than Patricia Fleming. This is exactly how I feel. I've gone that route where I would buy things in the hope that I would feel better, however, it never really did help. I think we all have to look deep down inside ourselves and determine for ourselves what really matters. I, like Patricia, have cried many tears. I also came to the realization of what really mattered to me in my life. It took a lot of courage for me to make really big changes in my life at age 64. Patricia is right, what is really important is my opinion of me. It really doesn't matter what others think. Loving others and in turn being loved is important. Thank you so much, Patricia, for writing those words.

  • by Patricia A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ Poet
  • 2 months ago

Thank you so much for your support and kind words. It means so much to me that you could relate to my words. You have made me feel very good.

  • by Patricia Cisco
  • 3 months ago

This poem, The True Meaning of Life, is so true! It is beautifully written. The author surely has wisdom and experienced much in life to be able to pen her experiences into words that most any person can relate to. What a wonderful poem!

  • by Patricia A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ Poet
  • 1 month ago

Patricia, I'm so pleased that you took the time to read my poem and could relate to it. Your words are so very kind, and I truly appreciate it.

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