IF I SHOULD DIE, THINK ONLY THIS OF ME

Prompt #17 for Carry On Tuesday, http://carryontuesdayprompt.blogspot.com/, was to use all or part of “If I should die, think only this of me” (the first line of Rupert Brooks poem, The Soldier). I simply used it as the title of my introspective poem.

This was probably a good exercise for me. It opened some doors I haven’t looked behind for a while. The stanzas are in the order I wrote them; I found that order . . . interesting. I may add to this in a personal journal, to be burned without reading upon my demise.

IF I SHOULD DIE, THINK ONLY THIS OF ME
by Mike Patrick

My wisdom came through errors made,
for some of which, I’m shamed.
My mistakes were mine alone,
but no one else I’ve blamed.

My country’s flag I’ve honored
and would have died in its defense.
The pride I feel as it waves,
is freedom’s consequence.

My family is the perfect thing
within my deep-flawed soul.
I wish I’d spent more time at home,
They’re all that’s kept me whole.

God I’ve called when frightened,
or when my need was strong.
Although he’s never failed me,
my selfish prayers were wrong.

Remember I was human,
neither worst, nor the best.
May you think of me with kindness,
when I go to my last rest.

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10 Responses to IF I SHOULD DIE, THINK ONLY THIS OF ME

  1. TheMsLvh says:

    Absolutely Fantastic. Humble is the word that comes to mind. Shows what an honorable man you are Mike. Proud to know you. I wanted to highlight a special line or two, but reading back, the entire poem contains profound lines. Great job. I might be inspired to write something like this for myself. You are an inspiration!

  2. Laurie Kolp says:

    I love this, Mike… especially stanza 3 & 4!

  3. Beautiful Mike. It could apply to many of us, I’m certain.

  4. Swapna says:

    It echoed so much as i read it, the last stanza is a pearl! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Mary says:

    Mike, this is a wonderful testament to the kind of person you are and the life you live. Your family and friends are so lucky to have you in their life. We are all never the best or the worst. Hopefully God appreciates that!

  6. adeeyoyo says:

    Lovely Mike. I personally like the first and last two stanzas. Thanks for this post.

  7. Jess P says:

    The last stanza is wonderful!

  8. pmwanken says:

    I’m grateful beyond words for you, Mike…and thinking of you with kindness is a given. Beautifully written.

    ~Paula

  9. Ina says:

    Hi Mike, I like your poetry very much, you capture fragments of life so well in your stanza’s.
    This one tells a lot about who you are and how you will be remembered by your loved ones.
    I hope it is going to be a very long time before this poem will be used for its purpose!

  10. Morning says:

    beautiful thoughts.

    your words brighten our day.
    Cheers.

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