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I will leave this earth as I came,
taking nothing.
But I leave some of myself.

My children,grandchildren and
 all the smiles I gave,
Even to strangers I met and
 didn't know.

The good words I gave when they
were needed,
Blessed not only me but the receiver.

 Your path is preordained, your
steps are set.
Make sure you can say, you left your
footprints on this earth.

Then you will have truly been a 
blessing to family and friends.

Copyright 2008 
Anne Rutherford
Poems  From the 
heart Series

Copyright © Anne Rutherford

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  1. Date: 5/4/2015 4:42:00 PM
    I can never find ones of yours that I have not seen. So I clicked on this one, top of the list of your BEST poems, and lo and behold, it's a new one for me. Congrats for this being your best one by how Soup members perceive it. Indeed it is a lovely poem.

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 7:17:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your thoughts on the foot prints that we leave while here on earth..Thanks for the visit to my work..Sara

  1. Date: 9/26/2011 10:49:00 PM
    Heartfelt and very inspiring. Your poetry fills the air with love and kindness Anne. Many thanks for sharing.

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 6:43:00 PM
    The simple truth in every life is known in friends and family. We put on heirs and act debonair. But it's only phony facsimile. When roots dig deep into life's soil. That's when you'll know you've lived life royal.

  1. Date: 5/29/2011 3:09:00 PM
    very, very wonderful.....

  1. Date: 5/22/2011 9:55:00 PM
    Oh! are we talking about love and it's various distentions. Well I am ready to receive that! The simple fact is that they just don't make them like that anymore! Now day's love is so inconclusive, but you write good***** Love your work! signed: your friend GF

  1. Date: 4/27/2011 7:10:00 AM
    hi again Anne-- thank you for your wonderful comments and you are so right, the Soup does seem like family...will send you soupmail after this... :)

  1. Date: 4/27/2011 1:56:00 AM
    if we all do what is life-giving, then peace will reign.. this is so touching and inspirational, anne.. beautiful! by the way, 'll check the person yuo spoke of ; he might be referring to a different" nette.." oh and please join my contest!! yes?? would love to have you there..:) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 7:49:00 PM
    So many truthful things in this poem. Another wonderful one Anne.

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 7:33:00 PM
    This is very uplifting, Anne! Love what you say here and it really is a wonderful reminder of what is important in life-- hope you don't mind me pointing out the missing "n" in didn't --- just want to help :)-- you are indeed a blessing ^_^

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 7:21:00 PM
    i would give this a ten, but can only give it a seven. a very beautiful and touching piece. i will put it in my favorites. thank you for commenting on He carried his sorrow to the grave.

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 5:06:00 PM
    The "footprints" that will be most important in your legacy are the poems from your heart, Anne. These are so uplifting to read. Thanks so much for sharing this series with us. I look forward to seeing more of them. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 12:02:00 PM
    Wonderfully written, enjoyed reading this!