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