Thursday, February 23, 2012


If I have lived a laughter-gilded mile
And grieved so I may learn its worth
To comfort another on this short road
To eternity
Then I have lived well

If I have learned to see beyond sight
And hear beyond sound
To the heart of nature
And child
Then I have learned well

If I have loved beyond pleasure
And returned, not empty-handed
But wiser and kinder
To myself and others
Then I have loved well

If I can rest in peace
Knowing I leave no enemies
Scarred by thoughtless word
Or deed
Then I may die well

 © Janet Martin

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