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Leave Your Best

Within these corridors of time
Our works are carved in stone.
We do not view for judgment; 
That task is God’s alone.

They serve as a reminder
Of conditions that we share, 
The frailties of the human heart, 
The longing and despair.

Grievous crimes are scattered here, 
How inhuman we can be.
Such murdering and suffering
Throughout our history.

Yet portions of the hallway
By far out shine the rest, 
Within we find the evidence
Of mankind at his best.

There are those who search and labor
To ease the pain and strife, 
Looking for solutions
To improve our way of life.

And others; always giving 
Of their treasures, toil, and time; 
Holding out a helping hand
To everyone they find.

To those of you who hear my voice 
Your works put to the test,
Something here you have to leave; 
Be sure it is your best.

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  1. Date: 11/11/2013 7:18:00 AM
    what a wonderful poem!!! very true!

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 9:55:00 AM
    Brilliant poem!~Tammy~

  1. Date: 7/31/2012 11:43:00 PM
    JOHN, stopping by to read a couple of poems. CONGRATULATIONS!! :-) with your featured poem of the week. Goodnight~ LUV~ PD

    Summers Avatar John Summers
    Date: 8/2/2012 4:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    PD, I appreciate you taking the time to read some of my poetry...thanks much. John
  1. Date: 7/31/2012 2:15:00 PM
    Didactic as a pistol, John. Congrats on the selection. daver

    Summers Avatar John Summers
    Date: 8/2/2012 4:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Daver, your time spent on this is appreciated. John
  1. Date: 8/4/2011 8:48:00 AM
    Congratulations John on your poetry making it through round one in the PoetrySoup International Poetry contest. I wish you the best in the final round. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/19/2010 4:40:00 PM
    Thank you very much for your comments, Deborah, it is appreciated. John

  1. Date: 1/18/2010 5:04:00 PM
    It may not always be our best but at least as poets we are part of the "solution!" excellent concept verse! Light & Love