As the year winds rapidly toward its end
The time to ponder has come my friend.
To reflect upon what we have done,
To make this world a better one

In those times that mattered most
Were we truly a spirit or merely a ghost?
In moments of doubt and in times of fear,
Did we act to protect the truly dear?

Even if it took a terrible fight
Did we stand strong for what was right?
In matters where we had a choice,
Did we speak in a calm, clear voice?

As the light grows short and the dark grows long,
Will we be weak or will we stand strong?
While temperatures drop and waters freeze,
Will we protect the least of these?

There are many dangers in our day
Will we bravely meet them or just turn away?
It is time again for an annual chore,
To take stock of progress and plan for more

Will we be craven or will we be brave,
Will we hazard losing what we truly ought to save?
The world we have is the world we make
Through the work we do and the risks we take

Few days remain and they are going fast.
Let them be our best if not our last.
Let us once again resolve what we will do
For all that is precious, worthy and true.

Though the year rushes toward its end
We still must pause and ponder my friend.
How can we make this world a better place?
Filled with peace, love, and amazing grace

This is not a poem about ending; it is not a poem about beginning. It is a poem about renewing and persisting. “The world we have is the world we make. Through the work we do and the risks we take.” Let us dare to work for a better world 24/7 365!

© 2012 – 2015, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


  1. David Demoise

    Great poem Larry. …very well said.

  2. David Demoise

    Great work Larry. Excellent poem.


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