What Is Life ?

I stopped to wonder just what is life
Why does it seem always hassle and strife
Why is it full of pain and tears?
Then again by anger and fears

I wondered how our lives made sense
And turned to those with experience
The quietly happy, sageful, old
To hear their voices, their story told

They knew what life is all about
For them, life’s story has no doubts
“It’s really not just how you feel”
They smiled, and then their tale revealed

Life’s full of sorrow, pain and torment
But also full of joyous moment
How often we just think of “me”
And let our minds act selfishly

We think of all the sad times only
And wonder why we feel so lonely
But truth is all but plain to see
We are only looking for sympathy

Life’s greatest joy is from those held near
Those close, the ones held dear
It’s really of their love for you
That’s life’s secret- it’s nothing new

So with this advice I thought anew
And now I know these words were true
I realise that life’s real gain
Is not to take that love in vain

And never stop to love sincerely
Those precious ones we hold so dearly
For soon the passing years will go
And life’s candle will cease to glow

I think I know what life’s about
It’s how you’re loved without a doubt
And how you’re loved is up to you
It’s what you are and what you do

Don’t waste a moment to put things right
You know, my friends, life’s looking bright…

What Is Life ?

Tom Newman

Frankston, Australia

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