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Bucket List

What should I do before I die?
Should I make a list ere my time is nigh?

What kind of list would this list be?
about climbing mountains or sailing the sea?

My list is simpler than all of that jazz.
It's about all the things a man already has.

I want to be a better husband and father every day.
I want to show my wife love in every way.

And in giving her love, for which she was born.
She gives me back patience, respect, never scorn.

I want my children to know me and learn from my ways,
to not become distant and forget childhood days.

I want the people around me to know where I stood,
that I wasn't complacent and did what I could.

In the end, I want what most men want ... without ever a plan,
to be remembered ... and as a good man.

Caleb A. Smith
*For the bucket list contest

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 11:37:00 PM
    A simpler list, perhaps, but in the end I think it's the wiser choice. Congrats on the contest... well deserved!

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 4:35:00 AM
    Loved loved loved this poem....I wish every man strived to be this man!

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 4:10:00 PM
    Caleb, Congratulations in the "Bucket list" contest. always~ Linda

  1. Date: 3/21/2013 7:25:00 PM
    Loved reading it more the second time...congrats Caleb....

  1. Date: 3/21/2013 7:17:00 PM
    It makes me happy to see you on the bucket list winner list. BIG congrats, my friend.

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 3:55:00 PM
    I enjoyed reading your poem, Caleb. Your strong sense of family is very evident. Good luck in the competition, my friend. A strong entry indeed :)

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 7:26:00 AM
    THIS is what I call a bucket list! I sure hope you read this to your wife and kids. A very sweet and well-crafted write. Awesome job!

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 11:58:00 PM
    that's MY idea of a GREAT bucket list. We should all think in this way, Caleb. I think Frank should love this one.

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 12:03:00 PM
    - Do and dare everything while you are young ...... When you get old, you have forgotten what you wanted to do ....... - I wish you good luck in contest, Caleb! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 11:50:00 AM
    No better list made than this young man....Donna