Apr 4, 2024 - News

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Our first poem of National Poetry Month comes from reader George Manos.

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To Heaven Awaken    When in the twilight of my day I live  And soon the sun on this mortal frame will set I will ask was there anything more to give Before this Earth my spirit to Heaven send?   Was there one more way to help humanity  Was the love I knew and shared enough to know  Before I sleep did I follow my better destiny  So I can look, one day, approvingly below.    I  can say one love I knew was indeed the best  And while she was here this place was divine  So when that time comes for my final rest This Earth was good because this woman was mine.    I can say that I lived my life with a heart that was true  And evil in my soul could never find a place That through all my trials my faith pulled me through  Not succumbing to evil hope to find a final grace.    And, in the end, can believe my faith in man did hold  Despite the times I felt it was truly shaken  So, that when the time comes and my story told This is why I believe that to Heaven will awaken.
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