In case you're planning on waiting...

I would rather have a small rose from the garden of a friend
Than to have the choicest flowers when my stay on Earth must end.

I would rather have one pleasant word of kindness said to me
Than flattery when my heart is still and life has ceased to be.

I would rather have a loving smile from friends I know are true
Than tears shed 'round my casket when I bid this life Adieu.

Bring me all your flowers to day whether pink or white or red.
I'd rather have one blossom now than a truckload when I'm dead.

I know it's going out on a limb, but I think it's a safe bet that this poem speaks for everyone you will meet in the coming year!


chitra said...

Betty, Your poem really is full of meaning. If only we learn to appreciate and learn to be kind to others life would be different. Thank you so much for bringing that poem to us.
see you:)

Connie said...

Very true. Although, it made me laugh (in a bittersweet way) as it reminded me of my dad. He passed away from terminal cancer in '04. He was totally against my spending any more money on a funeral than I absolutely had to. Why waste it? He wanted us to take the money and use it for something nice. I told him I'd do my best, but I knew I was going to have to put on something of a show for my mom's sake! Funerals are for the living. (or, they should be...) But this is a good philosophy. I think we should live every day as if we've already gone to heaven - life is a miracle. Let's celebrate today :D Happy New Year!!

Anonymous said...

Such a true and heartfelt poem! Love it.

Marja said...

What a lovely words Hope you have a wonderful 2010 dear