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As the days fly past me

in my later years,

I have had joy and sorrow,

laughter, and tears.


I have fought great battles,

overcome childhood fears,

chipped away at the darkness

as the end of life nears.


I have tried to leave goodness

with little gifts along the way,

have spoken words of kindness,

and have kept the storms at bay.


I have lived my life with honor

and have never walked away,

when it would have been easier

for me not to stay.


But still I feel haunted

by the things I never did,

the words I never spoke,

and the feelings I hid.


When my life is over,

I hope I will find

my life really mattered

to those I left behind.