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Time is fleeting.
It slips thru my fingers,
Faster than water.

Nothing can prevent it’s passing.
Have I used my moments
On this earth wisely?

I want to come
To the end of my life
And be able to exclaim
Empathically “Yes!”

I sometimes feel ,
As though I walk,
On razors edge,

Between being a fool,
And a genius.
Time is fleeting

Yes, I acknowledge
I know at times that
I am crazy and sane.

As time slips by no more,
Those remaining will say,
“He helped others.”

Originally written: December 17,1996

Life brings the reality I wanted to be remembered as father, grandfather, ancestor. Also as someone who used the time upon this earth wisely. Then, I realized I learned a lot from mistakes and having to fix them. Acknowledging mistakes and learning from the experience is an important part of maturing and growing older. I would not go back in time and relive my life to change the mistakes. That would change who I am today.

I humbly apologize for all my mis-adventures. Especially if it has hurt someone or something. I have decided I want to be remembered simply as “He helped others.”

© 2012, Frank. All rights reserved.

Frank (4 Posts)

Through many past lives of USAF, programmer, I/T middle management, Crisis Manager, Global Customer Satisfaction team manager 40 years seemed to fly by. In my current life of grandfather, amateur poet, painter, and spending time wirewrapping semi-precious stones for ladies necklaces.


4 Comments

  1. Frank, this is so lovely and heart-felt. It is wonderful to see you again!

  2. Frank,

    You have condensed a profound truth into a few, well-chosen words:

    “Nothing can prevent it’s passing.
    Have I used my moments
    On this earth wisely?

    I want to come
    To the end of my life
    And be able to exclaim
    Emphatically “Yes!”

    When I was younger, I did not appreciate this. I had the illusion of immortality.

    Now I am older and at least in this instance, wiser.

    Well said; now I have to get busy on that affirmative answer.

    Larry

    • Frank (Author)

      Larry, I agree this insight came with the passage of time – a lot of time. Thank you for your comment.

  3. A beautiful, flowing poem… like running water. Time is fleeting…

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