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THE MEASURE OF A MAN

How does on measure the worth of a man?
How does one try to surmise it?
Can a man be appraised like a parcel of land?
There are so many things that comprise it;

For the gem of his soul has such faceted cut,
That we're hard put to judge by set standard.
It depends from which angle you're viewing the gem,
How it's depth and it's beauty are rendered;

So how can we measure the worth of a man,
When we can't see all sides of the jewel?
Do we measure the body, the spirit, the soul,
A man is not single, he's plural;

So to even attempt to judge part of a man,
Without giving thought to the others,
Is like trying to sing just part of a song,
It's left lacking as you will discover;

So leave the appraising to He who is worthy,
To judge on the part or the whole;
For once He's refined him the whole man is worthy,
And he comes forth shining as gold.




"FOR HE KNOWETH THE WAY THAT I TAKE; WHEN HE HAS TRIED ME, I SHALL COME FORTH AS GOLD."
                         Job 23:10






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  1. Date: 2/15/2012 8:33:00 PM
    Thanks so much Robert. Glad you like it. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 2/15/2012 8:26:00 PM
    Good poem with good descriptiveness and rhyming. You have quoted a famous passage in the Bible, and have written a good poem based on it.

  1. Date: 2/15/2012 4:59:00 PM
    when the seen and assumed faults are stripped away, is he still interesting, this i say...the golden knighted...

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    Date: 2/15/2012 5:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Don. Glad you like it. God Bless, JB