Summer Sandercox

Rookie - 53 Points (4/15/1990 / albany, ny)

Not How He Died...But How He Lived - Poem by Summer Sandercox

Not how did he die, but how did he live?

Not what did he gain, but what did he give?

These are the units to measure the worth

Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?

But had he befriended those really in need?

Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,

To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,

But how many were sorry when he passed away.


Comments about Not How He Died...But How He Lived by Summer Sandercox

  • summer sandercox (11/27/2018 8:29:00 PM)

    i wrote this many years ago. Its been published in several books. I have copyrights to it. (Report)Reply

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  • Sue Anne (11/27/2018 8:15:00 PM)

    Oops...this poem has been around for quite some time....I first saw it ascribed to anonymous many, many years ago.... (Report)Reply

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  • summer sandercox (8/20/2018 7:22:00 AM)

    I wrote this poem in 2006. It was published online in 2009 (Report)Reply

    Jeffrey(2/19/2020 10:41:00 AM)

    I'm a little confused. I have it in a compilation from 2005. Are you sure?

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  • eryl davies (8/20/2018 6:55:00 AM)

    when was the poem written? (Report)Reply

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  • Barbara (1/1/2018 6:00:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful poem. We used it at my brother's funeral. It described him exactly. He passed away two years ago. I still carry the card with me at all times and read it almost daily.Actually. I pretty much have it memorized. Thank you for painting a word picture pf my brother. (Report)Reply

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  • Kelly Sanders (11/13/2017 8:09:00 PM)

    This is a poem that I found in my Grandfathers memory book from his funeral in 1993; I didn't know it was so popular (Report)Reply

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  • Richard Wlodarski (1/10/2017 6:23:00 AM)

    I empathize with you, Summer. Just this week, I had a friend who passed away from cancer. On Friday, we're holding a wake for her. It will be interesting to see how she is remembered.
    I don't know if it will help you any with your pain, but I invite you to read Karen On Her Mind.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 7, 2009



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