What Remains?



What is it that remains?

When the less is stripped away

Truculent words held at bay

And we see what is plain


Who really do we see?

Acidic truth burns the fake

Recognizing each mistake

Ego dies honestly


What then sits at the core?

The sacred that we must hold

And real seen beyond the bold

The who we were before


What is the reflection?

Truth held in eyes looking back

Seeing all the things we lack

Not given deflection


What constitutes the whole?

False put to flame and well-burned

The harder lessons we’ve learned

A glimpse into the soul


What do we leave behind?

When our life has run its race

And the truth must be embraced

Will we like what we find?




13 Responses to “What Remains?”
  1. Shreya Joshi says:

    Such a thought provoking piece. 💗

  2. kristianw84 says:

    This is why I think it’s important to chase our dreams. When I get to the end, I want to look back and either say, “I made it!” Or, “I lived, truly lived trying!”

  3. beth says:

    yes, good to consider now, rather than later

  4. jsimpsonpoet says:

    Love it.

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Let’s hope the answer is yes. Leaving something meaningful behind is important to me.

  6. I am going to bluff and answer “yes.”

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    This is lovely and I often wonder what my talk will be like with God. Very introspective piece. Hugs, Jonikins

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