I want to be smiling

I want to be smiling

When it’s time to retire

From the job assigned

By my maker

And by my fellow man

I want to be smiling

And it shouldn’t be a satire

I want to be smiling

Knowing the power was not abused

Nor the gift misused

Knowing I’ve not been a waste

Of time and earth’s space

Knowing I’ve not been a waste of love

And bred hate

I want to be smiling

And it shouldn’t be a difficult case

I want to be smiling

Knowing my future is secured

And my rest, sweet assured

Knowing stacked up safe

Are treasures in heavenly vaults

Obtained through means without fault

Knowing all my gain

Are fruition of my toil and pain

I want to be smiling

And to that joy, no sadness for a cure

I want to be smiling

Even when grey eyes stare

And icy hands touch

Knowing home from Hades is far

And my purchased soul to its owner march

Knowing all of me down I laid

Which was only a token of the price for me paid

Knowing my words to one was hope set alight

And my actions to another, thoughts set aright

I want to be smiling

Knowing that those who with love at me stare

As well as me, are in His steady care

This poem was first performed in high school, and is perpetually performed in my heart.

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8 thoughts on “I want to be smiling

  1. I believe it is everyone’s wish that at the end of one’s life. He/she can say that, ‘I didn’t lead a useless life but I used all the gifts my maker gave me.’ Thank you Oddinnary Nana

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  2. I’ve always loved poetry that isn’t overly complicated and get classy.
    This is smooth and easy flowing.
    Religious themed poems are hard to get right. I like that the religious theme is subtle and not cliché.
    Nicely done!

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  3. begins on a positive note, ends on a positive note. That for me is inspiring, and it seems to me that right from the beginning, the writer has an aim, which, for me, is key in living a fulfilled life. Keep it coming. Nice write. I am smiling!!!

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