A Life That Counts

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It is not how long you live, my child,
But how well.

It's easier to attain great power
than it is to let good governance flower
To work and live life selfishly
than it is to leave a legacy

It is not how much you have, my child,
But how content.

How many laurels or degrees
Compared with time spent on your knees
How many houses, lands and ships
To how much truth comes from your lips

It is not what men say of you, my child,
But what God says.

The greatest tragedy is not death
But a life that does not count each breath
A privilege and a debt to pay
To the One who takes that breath away!

It is not how long you live, my child,
But how well.

(March 2005)

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: life and death
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
The poem came to me by inspiration of the Holy Spirit in March 2005 after my mother, of blessed memory, passed away at 70. When i thought deeply about her legacy of faith in God and love for Jesus and what her life's story says to the younger generations the words of this poem came to me. Some poems come with great effort but this one came almost as if it was dictated.
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Chinedu Dike 04 September 2019

Nicely expressed and well brought forth. An insightful piece of poetry written with conviction. Thanks for sharing, Wale.

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