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The Price We Pay

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JP
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0 posted 09-25-1999 03:19 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

At the end of this day,
I will assess the value,
of what I've gained,
for what I've paid.
I paid a day of my life,
a very high price indeed.
I pray that my investment,
was worth it.
Too often I have found,
my accountancy in the red,
paying the cost of life,
and not capitalizing on it.
I've paid at the door,
and have wandered aimlessly,
wasting, in true American fashion.
As I review my ledger tonight,
will I find I have misspent,
this day I've bought?
Will I find I ignored,
the chance to make a difference?
Will I find I avoided,
the opportunity to be of import?
Will I find that my payment,
has gone unreturned?
Tomorrow comes soon,
and I pray that I realize,
that I am bankrupting my soul,
and that I fight to see a profit,
worth the inflated cost of life.

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Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
JP

© Copyright 1999 JP Burns - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 09-25-1999 03:29 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wow! This is great JP! I enjoyed this very much!

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2 posted 09-25-1999 03:38 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

profound....love the subject matter you used here JP......

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
Nan
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3 posted 09-25-1999 04:06 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Hindsight - can be a very costly venture indeed - Make the most of every minute, my friend - None of us has any guarantees....
JP
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4 posted 09-25-1999 06:19 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

As the great philosopher - Groucho Marx - said:

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which is shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.

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Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
JP


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caroline
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5 posted 09-25-1999 06:39 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Really enjoyed the read here JP. Its something I need to remember, myself.

(This message has not been edited by JP 9-25-99)

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6 posted 09-25-1999 06:51 PM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

good one, JP. This would make a good poem to keep with so I can make sure I'm getting my money's worth everyday.

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"Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot


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Wow JP! Deep thought here. So very true, it is something we all need to think about. I like what Groucho Marx said there. Thanks for the thought!
Seymour Tabin
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8 posted 09-25-1999 10:09 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

JP,
Very true, well done.
hoot_owl_rn
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9 posted 09-26-1999 09:32 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

I like your poem and even more your outlook

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Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints in our heart and we are never ever the same.

Thank you all for leaving footprints!!
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There is a good message here for all of us!
passing shadows
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very true! I second you on this write!
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