John Carter Brown


You'Ve Got To - Poem by John Carter Brown

You've got to leave something
Behind when you go,
No matter how large
Or how small;
A lasting memento
Of who you once were
For family and friends to recall.

It's good to be making
A mark in this world,
Like creating from naught
Something new;
But don't leave it until
It's too late, or my friend
I know for a fact you will rue.

You may think you're happy
Just pleasing yourself,
Doing nothing but
Having a ball...
But you've got to leave SOMETHING
Behind when you go,
Or life wouldn't matter at all.

(Written 14th Nov 1997)


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Just my take on life etc at the time.

Comments about You'Ve Got To by John Carter Brown

  • (2/13/2013 4:14:00 PM)


    and you have in this poem and all of your poems and music too........................ well said (Report) Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (2/13/2013 2:51:00 PM)


    is it STILL your take on life? i guess everybody must leave SOMETHING, large or small, good or bad, for SOMEONE to remember. let's hope our poems (at least some of them) are enjoyed after we are gone. i would give this much more than a 5 but i don't vote that way. thanks for sharing. i came here today because you are one of ruth walter's (walters'?) friends. i just met her recently. then i recognized your photo and name in her list of friends. AND i'm not sure what it means for life to matter and i don't know if it is required of anyone. bri (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 25, 2012



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