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A Prayer To Achieve.

Lord, teach me to achieve.
Teach me to love what I do.
Teach me to do what I love.
Teach me to truly achieve,
but by your standards,
not the worlds',
so that I might achieve 
that which is worthwhile
and lasting,
not fleeting
nor empty.
when I am finally called
to give an accounting
of what I have achieved,
may what I have achieved
speak well of me,
so that I might achieve
that which is truly lasting-
eternal life.

This is dedicated to the following people who have 
treated me with kindness and respect:

Carol Brown( The true den mother of this site.); Brian Strand ( I like your thinking and your 
contests!); Michael Jordan: ( Be well and safe, sir.);Reuben Ortellao:( Holy Imagination, 
Brandlee Augustus;Laura McKenzie; Deborah Guzzi: ( The Wise woman of the mystical arts.);
Catie Lindsay;Sharon Weimer; Donna Golden;Karen O'Leary ( Kind and thoughtful.);Trudy 
Diane Ryder:(That name is poetry.);Carrie Richards ( Enthusiastic is your middle 
name.);James Peranteau: ( Thank you.);Sara Kendrick;Sean Kelly ( A fellow Irishman!); Hai 
Au Chu;
Derrick Burton ( Thank you, too.); Frances King;Krista Kurth;Frank Herrerra; Carolyn 
Devonshire:( ever the polite lady.)
Thank you. This one is for YOU!

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  1. Date: 10/16/2009 1:32:00 PM
    Wow! I just caught this one. Thank you for this! I'm honoured to be one of the people you dedicated this prayer to. You are truly speaking the truth here. This is a prayer everyone needs to pray for themselves and others. Thanks again!

  1. Date: 8/21/2009 11:49:00 AM
    I love this poem. It speaks volumes.

  1. Date: 8/20/2009 12:34:00 PM
    focused on what is truly important - excellent poem!!

  1. Date: 8/15/2009 4:07:00 AM
    Gerard,..a beautiful dedication,..and great poem,..TY and like wise to you my poetic friend !! james

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 11:55:00 AM
    Gerard~What a wonderful inspirational message you wrote! I also wish to thank you for including me in this list of wonderful poets I am truly honored ! I've been taught to be kind and well wishing of others and that's what I truly try to archive in life! Your poem shinned such truth and hope ! Best wishes to you always! Love Laura :)

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 10:49:00 AM
    Gerard, Thank you for including me in your dedication! But particularly, thank you for your poem that speaks right to the heart of the matter of working and living. I am in transition with my work and your poems speaks to my heart's desire for whatever I do next. Blessings, Krista

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 10:09:00 AM
    Gerard, this is such a wonderful display of your faith in our Lord. There could never be a more amazing heartfelt dedication my dear friend. I am so honored to be included in this list of Cream of the Crop Poets. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 8:54:00 AM
    Gerard, you always bring an uplifting, refreshing voice to the Soup Family. We all thank you for sharing your work with us. Your lovely prayer is one we should all say each night. God bless you! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 6:15:00 AM
    Thanks for the poem and your comments from time to time on my writings. God speed. Sara

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 3:07:00 AM
    Amen, brother. I'm drinking some Kettle One. Toast.

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 2:13:00 AM
    Thank you for your kind words Gerard.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 1:14:00 AM
    Thank you GK Jnr , I am honoured to be mentioned , among this elite band of talented scribes . As I have said , on many the occasion : Write onnnnnnnnnnn ..

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 9:15:00 PM
    you touched on in your Poem I would be honored to send you a copy - Perfect timing with this poem - the Lord is using you already you have a very spiritual gift always treasure it and never doubt that you are a very special child of God - Praise God that you are seeking that which is real I do admire that - Soup mail me your address bro. and I'll shoot you a copy of my book - You are truly a gift - God Bless you, MJ

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 9:07:00 PM
    I spent my lifetime chasing empty dreams and payed a dear price but its never to late to realize what does matter in this life - Its never to late to let the Lord lead you out of Prison and if you believe in him, regardless of the trials he will bless you and guide you to things you never dreamed possible - i see a wonderful future for you and want you to know that your poem has touched me very deeply - If you would like a copy of my newest 308pg. poetry book that speaks on all the topics you -

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 8:58:00 PM
    my life i felt free - I have been free for almost 6 years now and in that time I have undergone Hep C treatment, back surgery and knee surgery, bought a home, written 5 poetry books though one I'm redoing part of now, gotten all my children in my life, stayed Clean & Sober and by the grace of God I'm now a full time student in College and have the most wonderful wife that has ever lived - Then I read your wonderful poem asking the lord to help you achieve the things that really matter in life -

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 8:50:00 PM
    Gerard - The Lord works in mysterious ways I've been away a couple of days taking my assessment test for College and getting my schedule set, orientation etc. At 48 years old it is quite the experience especially with a past like mine - I was serving a term in Prison for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, was a Prison Gang Member and got placed in the S.H.U. for a stabbing when one day the Lord Jesus Christ came unto my life and I started to write Poetry and even in that hole for the first time in -

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 8:25:00 PM
    Thank you so much for these beautiful words, Gerard. You brought a smile to many of us with your thoughtful words, and what a lovely way to show your heart! Thank you so much for your kindness! God Bless you for making this sweet gesture! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 8:04:00 PM
    This is as beautiful as it is moving Gerard! I am truely honored as to give is to live and to live is to love, and if I have touched you in anyway, then my life has not been for naught. You have gifted me well, thank you. ~Trudy~

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 7:58:00 PM
    And your kindness has to have God smiling. Blessings to you for sharing this with us. I am humbled and honored to be included among the group. Wow! Thanks doesn't seem adequate but thank you from the bottom of my heart. You made my day. Karen

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 7:32:00 PM
    It goes to my favs. : )