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Be Good

From early on 
I was told
Commanded
To be what I couldn't be
Be good
Be even better than good
Be smart
Smarter than smart
Be careful
I couldn't be nearly careful enough
You wished for me to be extraordinary
Like him
You wanted me to be that other smarter guy
More and more like him
In fact I needed to be more like him than he was
I tried to be that
i thought if that's what you wanted
That must be What I want to be
But where should I start
For I wasn't even sure who I had been
I painted on my "Be Happy" face
Pretended my collection of tears were diamonds
Placed them in my pretending to be normal box
After all I only had time
Time for being all You wanted me to be
I lacked nothing and everything
For I ceased being
Being free
Being real
Being anyone or anything
You taught me how to be empty
To be lonely in a crowded room
To be someone Impossible to know
I wondered why
Why I just couldn't be
Whatever that could possibly have been
I waited and prayed for your departure
Now that you're gone
This can be
Has been
Will be even more
The true beginning of what 
Of what I've been hoping for and couldn't Figure out
I think I really want it to be 
I pray that you in your long gone place
will witness the birth 
of this human BEing
Who knows, if I am lucky, it could "Be Good"
At the very least
Good enough for me!


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  1. Date: 8/2/2015 4:33:00 PM

    wow, Richard. did this not make the list? This is superb way to do the theme of be good. I took it the exact opposite way. My mother was so good in what she taught me. Sorry you had to hear the opposite lesson!!
  1. Date: 8/2/2015 2:36:00 PM

    A nice out look on "be good" saying. you have beautifully expressed at the end to be good to the least extent possible. Always nice to read your poem my lovely friend. 7 sure. Wish you Happy friendship Day. Loved always,bl
  1. Date: 8/2/2015 8:40:00 AM

    Wow you certainly pack a punch or more here Richard,,,,,interesting poetry, and so much one can get out of what's in there...like this very much
  1. Date: 8/1/2015 10:16:00 AM

    superlative pen Rick hugs 7
  1. Date: 7/31/2015 8:20:00 PM

    Richard that is one brilliant poem, all I can say is be you and only you, God gave you, you and that is how it is, we wouldn't have you any other way, f this didn't win the contest then it should have, well written. Take care.............Vera.
  1. Date: 7/31/2015 5:35:00 PM

    This was really good !
  1. Date: 7/31/2015 5:06:00 PM

    Be you, always. Be unique, just like everybody else. ;-) An excellent life lesson here!
  1. Date: 7/31/2015 4:05:00 PM

    Richard, deep and emotional, it takes strength to be what you are meant to be and not someone's ideal, wonderful 7 and thanks for visiting my poem, I love to be quiet
  1. Date: 7/31/2015 10:07:00 AM

    You have given a piece of yourself and laid it bare for all to see...and I applaud you for your courage and self-confidence. I hope that this is a cleansing of the soul for you and you can like yourself again and learn to love others for there uniqueness and appreciate your own. Emile. #7
  1. Date: 7/31/2015 1:10:00 AM

    Hi Richard. I have to thank you my friend for always writing real poems. Sometimes when I look over this site I wonder if it is a poetry site at all. It seems to me like a meeting place for the popularity people. I can truly relate to this poem, and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Worth a seven to me Mate...Peter
  1. Date: 7/30/2015 9:40:00 PM

    Why didn't you enter this??? c'mon now it so would have been first....Richard...hugss
  1. Date: 7/30/2015 6:15:00 PM

    WOW, this is a masterpiece...I can relate to this...I've always had people (family members, girlfriends, friends...) telling me I should be more like that guy and the other guy and the guy better than those two...Kept hearing that 'til I forgot who I really am and who I want to be. I enjoyed reading this so much, this is so inspiring...I love it
  1. Date: 7/30/2015 5:41:00 PM

    A wonderful write Rich. It so lovely, good luck in the contest.............A.M.
  1. Date: 7/30/2015 1:41:00 PM

    you are your own person, rich.. yes, you are good enough.. such an honest, lovley work,.. huggs
  1. Date: 7/30/2015 12:32:00 PM

    I think being real is a virtue. A beautiful poem.
  1. Date: 7/30/2015 10:15:00 AM

    I can relate to this, Rick. I remind myself that everything we've been through, good or bad, makes us who we are today. And you, sir, are an amazing person.
  1. Date: 7/30/2015 9:01:00 AM

    Gosh, this made me tear up, Rick! I think most parents exhort their kids to "Be good", It's when kids are relentlessly compared to another one that creates a vacuum in their personality, a cruel thing to do. As Mama Bear said, no matter, you turned out to be a wonderful person, not because of it but because as you have often enough said, you've come to know the Heavenly Father. We too, are made the better for this encounter. hugs!
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 6:48:00 PM

    No matter what you managed to BE A wonderful person A caring man As great a person as a son can be You most of all have learned to BE Love Mom
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 3:24:00 PM

    We suffer when we chip away at our true identity, so well written Richard, well shared xxx
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 2:07:00 PM

    Excellent Richard...many try to be what others want them to be... not knowing what they want to be....never truly being happy
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 1:43:00 PM

    :) You have and will always be better than Good to me.
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 12:09:00 PM

    Finally free to be you Richard:), jill
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 11:50:00 AM

    Very nice poem and well written...
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 11:47:00 AM

    Just be and see

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