What will happen
if I realize 20 years from now
that I could have worked harder
and acheived what I wanted.
That I could have been more faithful
to my religion and myself--
giving others their own lead
and taking back my own--
if I could have been more patient
with those people that love me
and more sensible with my future before me.
If I could have been gentle
with those who needed care
and put more in the hand of charity
when it opened
and did more to respect a man--
pride urged me to think less of
when it becomes clear these thing happen
for a reason
will I struggle to be at peace with myself.
Is age truly the sword of death
or the shield of wisdom?
Though appearances fade with time
the nature of a human being remains the same.
The fate of every person,
is that flesh will go the way of the past
leaving hearts unmasked,
to give our soul expressions.
What will happen when we are seen
for who and what we are; not only by others,
but by our very selves.