The Cost Of Life

by Justen Smith   Oct 12, 2017

"Dedicated to my family and most importantly the man who chose me, sorry for the times I let you down"

Near everything is expendable,
Nothing is truly owned,
Even time is a place holder,
You can take my dignity,
Crush my self respect,
Rob me of my livelihood,
Or even stop my heart,
You can make the world hate me,
Destroy my local image,
Leave me in the dust,
You can knock down my home,
Takeaway my faith,
Imprison my free thought.

But you can't take my name,
I am Smith through and through,
I wear the name with honour,
Like a steely coate of arms,
It was a gift from my farther,
Through choice not obligation,
Blood doesn't not decide,
Nor does it dictate rules,
It does not make a good man,
Those lessons come to me,
From the greatest one I know.

One day I shall bequeath,
The name unto another,
I shall teach them of my farther,
The lessons he taught me,
I will teach them of my brothers,
And what they inspire Inside,
I will tell stories of my mother,
The battle she helped me fight,
For family is the one thing,
You cannot take from me.


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  • 9 months ago

    by Kitty Cat Lady

    Justen, just reading the comments between you and Milly ... don't be embarrassed, the beauty of poetry I think, is that every reader will have their own interpretation :-)
    It's a lovely poem that shows a strength of love for your family - blood or not. x

  • 9 months ago

    by Milly Hayward

    A most enjoyable read. The love you have for your family and husband shine throughout. It's lovely to see. I like also that your heritage is so important too. Loved it. Milly x

    • 9 months ago

      by Justen Smith

      Thank you Milly, while I am sure he is a wonderful husband he is my father by adoption, having re read my dedication I can see without the adoptive knowledge that it could seem spousal.....kind of embarrassed now as I shared it to my face book too. :-0