Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New VisionThrough Old Eyes

It's time for another assignment.  It's their first memoir linkup. The assignment was: after you have died, your daughter/son will be given the gift of seeing a single five-minute period of your life through your eyes, feeling and experiencing those moments as you did when they occurred. What five minutes would you have him/her see?



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Stand you not at my grave and weep
How could it be that you think I sleep?
There was no time when I was here
To take you through the untold years

But now that I'm gone you have a chance to see
What the most important and beautiful thing was to me
So take a few moments of your precious time
To look long and hard through these old eyes of mine

Now that you are fully grown
And living your life out on your own
There were so many things I wanted to say
But somehow "things" just got in the way

What matters most is how you feel
No use pretending...you need to be real
Things, my child, I want you to know
Things, my child, that will help you grow

There was so much that I had learned
If I'd just "let go" I would not have yearned
Why do we hide what we want to say?
It's always "things" that get in the way

Why do we wait so long to be ourselves?
Life passes us by as we sit on shelves
So don't make yourself ache so inside
Because it's the real you you're trying to hide

Take the real person down off that shelf
Be free...feel free...to be yourself!

11 comments:

Canyon Girl said...

You have such a good point here -- I know because I am 70 now and can see the whole journey of life in some perspective. And this was beautifully written as always.--Inger

texwisgirl said...

Lovely. And such hard advice to follow...

Tiggeriffic said...

I don't know why you and varunner aren't writing a book.. Goodness to be~! This was very good and makes me think about what my kids will remember when I'm gone. I think the biggest thing they should remember is how much I love them..plus how much I believed in God and my love for him has multiplied over the years. It's going to be party time at my funeral,, baloons, door prizes and lots of fun~!
that is if my kids go through with what I want.
Otherwise it will be boring~!
Have a Tiggeriffic Day Ta Ta For Now from Iowa:)

Doris Sturm said...

So, what's your answer? I was waiting to see what your 5 minutes where? Mine would be right after my daughter was born - ok, the first time we really looked at each other - she just kept staring up at me with her big eyes as if to say: "Who are you?" and I did the same - we were mesmerized with eacht other!

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

This is awesome, JP. I can't think of any wiser advice to give to a child. Love this. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Poetry. Oh you are brave today!
I see 'freedom' as part of your life philosophy :-)

Texan said...

ah yes being ourselves, it does take courage I think.

This was lovely!

Chatty Crone said...

I think about this a lot - especially with my son - you never know what things you will leave behind. sandie

Cheryl said...

wow - a poem! Sage, sage advice.

Dawn said...

Incredible....Great advice. Wish I could follow it....it's all so true!

Thank you for these thoughts today!

gld said...

I love this advice; sometimes even we older folks need to be reminded.

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