By Jim Bates
You live your entire life.
You are born and you grow.
You go to school. You learn.
You make friends and fall in love for the first time.
Your heart is broken. You learn to deal with pain.
You walk in the woods and learn to stop and feel what Nature has to offer.
You have kids and become a parent,
And you learn to give them the best you have to give.
You learn to let them go and still love them.
You work. You donate time to charity.
And you continue to grow.
You learn to laugh more easily and to give advice more willingly.
You pray in church and in the woods.
You travel to new countries.
You hike in the mountains and experience all that life has to give.
You touch others with your joy, your character and your heart.
Your friends cherish you and you don’t even know this because it’s not the way your mind works.
You grow older and you say good-bye to loved ones and friends,
And you still find time for others.
You are one of life’s good ones.
And then you become ill and begin to fail and after a time you are gone.
And life goes on.
Yet, believe me when I say that you are not lost from us.
Your spirit lives on in all whom you have touched.
And so in this way,
Your life is eternal.
Yes, Mom, it truly is.
Jim lives in a small town twenty miles west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His stories have appeared online in CafeLit, The Writers’ Cafe Magazine, Cabinet of Heed, Paragraph Planet, Nailpolish Stories, Ariel Chart, Potato Soup Journal, Literary Yard, Spillwords and The Drabble, and in print publications: A Million Ways, Mused Literary Journal, Gleam Flash Fiction Anthology #2 and The Best of CafeLit 8. You can also check out his blog to see more: www.theviewfromlonglake.wordpress.com.