Friday, July 29, 2016


Let love and patience be my light and guide
   When I walk down the alley of despair.
Let every act I do be justified
   And every word I speak be true and fair.
Let me be kind, but not from neediness—
   Be generous, but never give for gain.
Let me not add to folly, leave a mess,
   Or share the hurt whenever I feel pain.
Let me look down on my stupidity
   But no one else’s—be a student of
My faith and not its preacher—aid the free—
   Hearken to trust, and listen out of love.
      And when the time comes to depart this place,
      May I leave as I lived, with wit and grace.


Copyright 2016 Matthew J Wells

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