most people, I think,
want to be remembered
want to be remembered
with fondness . . . when they pass
many mortals, that I know
fall, considerably short of a wholehearted,
unfeigned, true good conduct “kudo”
so . . .
either they are eternal optimists,
for I have heard it said:
you're only remembered, with affection,
after you are dead
or . . .
they are apprehensive souls, who fear
to take flight and look back,
with eyes wide open,
at their misguided, sorry plight –
too blinded by the darkness to admit
the joyful light: when . . .
the world is full of metaphors
in doors and walls and floors
and windows –
that look out upon the mystic green,
enduring sea and heavenly constant sky
one only has to take it in
to question . . . who am I . . .
“The eyes are the window to your soul” – William Shakespeare
notes: the prompt from Poetry Jam this week is “Identity”.
In putting together some thoughts to get ideas percolating on the prompt “Identity” from Poetry Jam, I did a bit of looking around on the Internet regarding the most common response when people were asked how they would like to be remembered – in effect: how they want their identity to be perceived. The vast number (by far the majority) of responses indicated that most people want to be remembered as a good person: kind, gentle, happy (smiled and laughed) interested (interesting and creative), loving (loved my family and friends and had love in my heart), worked hard, did my best.
I laughed when I shared this with my husband. Because given some of the conduct I have witnessed over the course of my life (lying, cheating – don’t get me started – ha!) there has got to be some kind of wild disconnect between how people go about living their lives and how they would like to be regarded once they are dead. Think about it, if most of humankind would like to remembered as a good person and set about working to achieve that goal – what a wonderful world it would be.
photos: Pavilion Window (looking out on weathered rocks, jade green water, mystical plants and architecture that integrates Taoist Yin and Yang features that emphasize that harmony lies in balance at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver) – W. Bourke
In the Petals – W. Bourke
© 2014 Wendy Bourke