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Well thought out expression of a very deep yet communal event given voice in an authentic poetry format. Deeply set me thinking about my father's recent death. It's an experience that bind...

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True Joy

© more by M. Jolynn Rawson-Hunt

Published: February 2006

I'll be happy once I've done this certain thing.
We all say this often, not realizing what it brings.
We look only to the future for our happiness,
Letting life slip through our fingers in its fullness.
Will we really feel complete when the task is done
or look back and see how we missed so much fun?
Self consumed so we can't see anything else,
hurting those we love as well as ourselves.
So many things around us to be grateful for.
When seeking for an answer, willingly open the door.
So often, others see what's in front of our face,
but we're too blind to look as we're snared in the race.
What is this life supposed to be about?
Is it money, fortune, fame, or a big house?
When speaking to a man on his dying bed,
none of these answers are what he said.
Family, love, laughter are what we should seek.
These are the precious things that keep life from being bleak.

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  • Ana Maria  M. King by Ana Maria M. King
  • 3 months ago

Well thought out expression of a very deep yet communal event given voice in an authentic poetry format. Deeply set me thinking about my father's recent death. It's an experience that bind each one of us. And giving it voice lets us comfort one another.

  • Theresa Swift Current by Theresa Swift Current
  • 9 years ago

This poem touched me but not in the way most people would think. When they said, "When speaking to a man on his dying bed, none of these answers are what he said," it reminded me that I never told my older sister I loved her before she died, and then I started to cry.

  • Jessica by Jessica
  • 4 months ago

When you posted that comment, it made me cry. I know how it feels for someone you love very much to leave. When I was only 4 years old, my dog had to be put down. Misha (my dog), she was always there with me. If I cried, she would lick my hand, and I would feel a lot better. If I fell off the chair, she would bark at the chair and the floor. Same thing if I had fallen off the couch. Sometimes, she would allow me to ride on her back. (I was 3 when she let me ride on her back). I know losing your sister is sadder than this. But always remember, there are people in the world who know what it's like and are always by your side.

  • Patty by Patty, Minnesota
  • 9 years ago

WOW, really loved your poem, lost my son 3 years ago to a tragic car accident, I live my life in the "NOW" since that tragic day, your poem is truly beautiful! thanks for sharing!!!!!

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