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To My Loved Ones

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To My Loved Ones

Dear loved ones,
Well if you are reading this letter my time has come,
Celebrate my life for a new journey I have begun.

Remember me and all I tried to do that was good,
Know that I tried to live right whenever I could.

Don't ever make me out to be more than I was or on a pedestal,
Because I know I was not perfect, far from it, I would fall.

So much I should have said, many things I should say to each of you here,
Never live without showing compassion and shedding a few tears.

Always try to be the best people that you possibly can,
Never forget that we are all just people too, purely human.

Try to treat all with kindness and like you want to be treated,
In doing so you will never ever feel regret or cheated.

Always and forever keep God so very close to your heart,
For with Him you will always have a fresh new start.

Be true to yourself and love with all that's in your soul,
By doing so your life will always feel totally whole.

Live each day as if it were going to be your last,
Forgive and forget all things that are in your past.

Wake each day with a happy attitude and a smile,
Sometimes in life you'll have to go that one extra mile.

When life gets you down do not ever give up, life can be rough
Fight the good fight...have faith, hope, and always stay 'tough'.

I may be gone in body but, I will never be very far,
Just look to the night sky and find our special star.

I love you more than words could ever tell or say,
Remember that my dear ones ... each and every day.

This is not an ending of my life --it's a new quest I do seek,
Know that my body, soul, mind, and heart are finally at peace.

Goodbye for now my darling, dear daughters and sons, family, and friends,
My death is a new beginning for me.... a glorious journey and not an end.

Love Always,
Mom- Mary- "Mimi"


*this was written as a challenge from a poet friend*

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  1. Date: 1/30/2010 4:03:00 PM

    A poem of excellent quality of class Mary. I believe you stood up to the challenge very will, Lady. Thanks for sharing this excellent Rhyme. A treasure, Sincerely, Love Moses

  1. Date: 1/24/2010 1:10:00 AM

    Nicely written with great words of inspiration. Similar concept as my "When You Think of Me." Check it out.

  1. Date: 1/17/2010 8:46:00 PM

    Just a quick hello Mary.. I am serving on jury duty for almost two weeks now and have not been on Soup except to post a few entries for new contests... will be back full steam after this week is over and trial is adjourned.. hi to Taz too.. talk soon... luv.. Linda-Marie

  1. Date: 1/17/2010 3:01:00 PM

    WOW!! what an answer to the challenge Mary, exceptional piece. Sara has challenged me to a poem. She sent a photo and i wrote a poem about it " its called " The B-17 and the ME-109 " i woild love your comments on it >> James

  1. Date: 1/16/2010 3:18:00 PM

    A great challenge it was to inspire these words of wisdom, Mary. very nice. I guess I haven't seen a few of your poems in a while. Hmmm, let me find another!

  1. Date: 1/15/2010 2:55:00 PM

    Good idea writing a posthumous poem , you are giving me ideas, one could have great fun dissinheriting relatives in verse.........smile!

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 8:41:00 PM

    Great write Mary .. thankxxx for your loving comments too.. I am on Jury duty this week and will not be able to be on Soup very much to comment and read poems from my dear friends... hopefully if the trial is over next week I will be back full strength.. keep me in your prayers.. justice is so touchy these days.. and so many opinionated and argumentative jurors too and the Judge is less than pleasant... talk soon.. luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 4:06:00 AM

    Mary, until the last line, you scared the heck out of me!!!

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 4:15:00 PM

    Some good advice in this write. Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 4:00:00 PM

    Mary every word that is expressed in this poem are truly words to live by because they are spoken from the heart of your soul and none of us are promised tomorrow so this is a friendly reminder that we should enjoy every moment that we can while we are still amongst the living, none of us are perfect because we do have our faults and we can be challenged at times but it is in moments like that when we can grow stronger and become better human beings, Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.