Lyn Paul

Veteran Poet - 3,790 Points (17.03.1965)

A Test

There but for the Grace of God go I
My Mother always said this, whenever I would cry
I've seen so much, watching everyone feel pain
The sun was often shining, but it felt like rain

My childhood memories aren't always the best
But it seems this has been a bit of a test
Testing my courage, who knows why
And when I was young, my brother had to die

People don't understand the importance of living
We seem to be just taking and not ever giving
SO please take a breath and enjoy each day
Life can be hard. Just stay strong and all will turn out okay

Submitted: Friday, August 03, 2012
Edited: Friday, August 03, 2012

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Life is hard for so many people yet most of us do not see this. Always remember that here is someone worse off than yourself. This will inspire you to help others. For helping others is the most amazing gift that one can receive.

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  • Silver Star - 7,605 Points Sandra Feldman (10/20/2013 12:22:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. Great understanding of how precious and what a miracle Life is. The importance of giving, not always taking. Very touching Lyn, right to the heart
    Why is it that poets ands artists understand this but the men that so badly govern us DONT? ? ? (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,129 Points Heather Wilkins (8/26/2013 2:46:00 PM)

    thanksgiving should abound for the things we have been blessed with. so lucky are we. lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,067 Points * Sunprincess * (12/9/2012 12:03:00 AM)

    oh lyn i am very sorry and sure you still feel the pain of this
    great is a mystery and i don't understand why some
    people have to pass away so young..sure helping others is
    probably the best thing we can do to get through the day..
    thanks for writing this one. :)
    inspiring piece. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 794 Points Thomas A Robinson (8/8/2012 11:08:00 AM)

    I would not call it a test, I would call it an allotment..Each life granted existance with terms, family, no family,
    wealth no wealth, etc.What each person does with what they are alloted is the secret to a successful life.It's not
    what you overcome but what you've overcomed with.That is how we should be judged. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Deo Inji (8/3/2012 9:13:00 AM)

    That's a very generous & thoughtful poem, Lyn! I especially love the last stanza. (Report) Reply

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