By Gordon Gilbert

whatever lies ahead

we awake

opening our eyes

to a new day


see ahead

the many paths

we still can take

the choices ours to make

I choose a path of love

not hate

an active love

that will contend

for what is good & right


while I still can

I will

make a difference

for those I love here now


those who follow

as for those who hate

I will not wish them ill

it serves no higher purpose


I am myself diminished

a painful lesson

it took years to learn

to forgive

without forgetting

is the key

to living wisely


is a gift

I give myself

as much as

it shall be

my gift to you

know you are loved

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