Dirge

When my short life ends
When they receive the sad news
How will they describe me
What words will they choose?

When my short life ends
Was I a good husband, brother, son
Did perform my earthly duties well
Was I fair to everyone?

When my short life ends
Will they say he was worldly and wise
Will they say he was a good friend
Will they regret my demise?

When my short life ends
And I’ve reached the end of the race
Did I help those who ran alongside me
Did I make their world a better place?

When my short life ends
What will they remember of my pith
What will be my legacy
What will I leave this world with?

When my short life ends
What essence will emerge
Will they just sigh and walk away
Will they stop to sing me a dirge?

6 thoughts on “Dirge

  1. Elias May 24, 2020 / 2:20 am

    May your short life be long…….

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ramesh May 24, 2020 / 12:27 pm

    May you have a long and happy life so that those left behind celebrate your life.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. samvswami May 24, 2020 / 5:01 pm

    That’s exactly what we should all ponder – well captures Holmes !

    Like

  4. shenoy007 May 25, 2020 / 4:29 am

    This reminds me of what you mentioned to me a long time ago. If ten people shed a genuine tear upon my death then I will consider my life was usefully lived. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Definition of success has a line which says if “one life has breathed easier because you have lived…”

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