I wrote this poem awhile ago, inspired by Newtown. Today I dedicate it to the victims of the Charleston tragedy.
Rev. Clementa Pinckney
Rev. Daniel Simmons
Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor
We will remember your names…..
When the candles stop burning,
will you remember my name?
Will you honor my shortened life,
will you carry on the flame?
The heat of injustice,
can ignite a spark;
though the candles will stop burning,
I’ve already left my mark.
On this world that is fleeting,
with short news cycles, it’s true;
when the candles stop burning,
I’ll still be remembered, will you?
Do what you can,
to bring peace and love to mankind;
so when the candles stop burning,
you will not be left behind.
So try to make a difference,
as time waxes and wanes;
leave this world better off,
since the time that you came.
Live life with much purpose,
through all the twists and turns;
so when your candle stops burning,
another will continue to burn…
(& Twenty Six Seeds of Love for Newtown)