Tombstone - gone but not forgotten
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Lesser Lights | An Original Poem

God bless the lesser lights:
Those lives lived on a small scale;
Those names that never lit a neon sign,
Nor graced a magazine cover,
But are forever etched in stone—
In mostly-neglected, weed-strewn tombstone;
Whose memory is faded, even to those that loved them.
Their time here too short.
Their time gone too long.
God bless the forgotten:
Their lives unremarkable;
Their achievements unrecorded;
Their influence unstated, underestimated, under-appreciated,
But not unfelt,
Not unimportant.
God bless the too-soon departed—
The light they gave,
The light they give,
The lives they touched…
And touch still.

By Gene

I am a lover, a fighter, and a midnight writer. I love football, hamburgers, and philosophical inquiries. I love Jesus more than any of that. I love my wife, my daughters, my grandson, and my English Setters, Huck and Finn. I also love Huck Finn...and other seminal characters in American literature. Like Gus McCrae. I love the English language. I love to dive into the wonders of its depth and splash around in the shallow end where colloquialisms and slang rule and reign.

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