Call Me Not Great When I Go

 

Call me not great when I go, friend.
Call me not great at all.
I was a man imperfect, friend;
I heard the devil’s call.

At times I’d deny his allure.
At times I paid his due.
My sins remember me for sure,
And ev’ry one I rue.

I did my best whene’er I could.
At times, I prayed for Grace.
For crusades and causes I stood,
But errors carved this face.

Call me not great when I go, friend.
Call me not great at all.
If some I have helped to live, friend,
Others I caused to fall.

You’ve seen but the shadow I cast
When old with youth long fled.
Seek not to hide half of my past
When I am gone and dead.

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  1. KentForrester Coolidge
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    Arahant, I really like your poem.  It has the patina of age and wisdom.  

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  2. Arahant Member
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    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Arahant, I really like your poem. It has the patina of age and wisdom.

    Thanks, Kent.

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  3. Arahant Member
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    For something a bit rowdier:

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  4. JennaStocker Member
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    Simply captivating. Bravo.

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  5. Arahant Member
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    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Simply captivating. Bravo.

    Thank you. I should say that part of the inspiration was Mark 10:18:

    Jesus said to him, Why do you call me good? There is no one who is good except the one God.

    Like Jesus, I get a bit suspicious of the motives behind praise. It’s easy to praise people after they’re gone and nobody wants to bring up the whole man.

     

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  6. Gary McVey Contributor
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    Excellent work, Arahant. 

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  7. E. Kent Golding Member
    E. Kent Golding
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    Great Poem.   Blessedly not topical or current.

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  8. Arahant Member
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    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Great Poem. Blessedly not topical or current.

    Not current for me, no. Only the good die young. I’ll be around at least another forty or fifty years. Like Edwin Edwards, who recently died. Nobody would call him a saint, but what a life!

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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Thank you, Arahant. Just beautiful and true.

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  10. dajoho Member
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    Amen.

    Thanks Arahant – great poem and I haven’t teared up in at least an hour…  

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  11. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    Arahant: Call me not great when I go, friend.
    Call me not great at all.
    If some I have helped to live, friend,
    Others I caused to fall.

    One for the ages Arahant.

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  12. Arahant Member
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    dajoho (View Comment):

    Amen.

    Thanks Arahant – great poem and I haven’t teared up in at least an hour…

    Here to serve.

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  13. Ole Summers Member
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    excellent, eternal thoughts put to words

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  14. Arahant Member
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    Ole Summers (View Comment):

    excellent, eternal thoughts put to words

    Thank you.

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  15. JustmeinAZ Member
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    I usually skip poetry. Not this one.

    Grief. Tears. Again.

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  16. Mountie Coolidge
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    Great poem. Reminds me of Mark Twain:”Every man is a moon, a bright side that he shows to everyone and a dark side that he keeps to himself”. 

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  17. Caryn Thatcher
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    A little too much of the tears around here the last few days!  Beautiful, Arahant.

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  18. Doug Kimball Thatcher
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    You shall surely be remembered, friend

    Once mortal life is lost,

    The good you’ve banked, the ill you’ve spent

    Decide the final cost.

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  19. Arahant Member
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    Since they unpinned the other thread, I’ll link back to it here:

    https://ricochet.com/1003525/boss-mongo-unfathomable-news/

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  20. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Sniff.

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