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From time to time I wonder if
It’s truly worth the ride
To live this life I’ve been given
Or trade it for one goodbye…

What good are all these memories, 
Wishful thoughts and dreams 
When the longer I crawl the farther I fall
From blue skies to the sea?

When they say we should be expanding
Outward towards the stars,
Connecting like particles and molecules 
Near and far.  

And yet here I stand a ‘waiting
The rain to wash me clean
Wondering when the sky is clear 
Will my existence be worth anything?

Does it matter that I’ve loved 
And lost, the battles I have waged 
From childhood tears to present fears
Of a cold, dark, muddy grave?

Will anyone remember 
A hundred years from now
Or even read these words composed
As if they matter anyhow? 

I suspect not a speck of dust or grain 
Of sand will anyone care 
That I lived, breathed, walked, talked, laughed, cryed 
And dared.

To climb the peak of Mount Impossible  
And swim the Seas of Sad Goodbyes;
To race the winds of wishful dreams
And time while flying bye.  

What will become of my travels around  
This tiny blue ball in space
And everyone I’ve ever known – 
Every sad and smiling face? 

And who’ll recite this poem once more 
And wonder, “Who was he?” 
When I’ve turned to dust as we all must 
Return back to the sea.       

Of mother earth and universe 
Womb of One and All
While I wonder sometimes who will find
I existed once and for all.     


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  1. Date: 1/30/2015 11:03:00 AM

    Terry....we all feel this way. We all want to know that we mattered. I know this feeling...Oh so well. Your poem matters...You've touched my heart today. That matters....Thank you for sharing so candidly. Lovely write....Makes one stop and wonder.
  1. Date: 1/30/2015 9:40:00 AM

    Existence is the journey. We're designed to tire , stumble , fall . To love and sorrow. Suffer loss. To wonder in it's confusion . Take a rest Terrell , then continue. Your words have already encouraged me, a total stranger. Thank you . Bev
  1. Date: 1/30/2015 9:20:00 AM

    Terry I think often times we all feel the same way in our hearts as we ask these same questions. You are such a lovely man and I pray you are around many,many years to come and that your heart will be filled with happiness that you so deserve.Sending you my biggest and warmest hugs today...:)