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.