What We Should Leave Our Loved Ones

a butterfly on a womans palm

What We Should Leave Our Loved Ones

when all this is over

when you are all done

what will there be left

when you are all gone

will there be paint

still wet on a door

will there be dirt

unswept on the floor

those unweeded borders

will they still be there

and if they still linger

will anyone care

leave off with the duties

leave out all the chores

leave only the goodies

leave something of yours

your children and theirs

the people you made

leave them and their heirs

a song that you played

leave things that you write

leave them all your art

leave pictures of life

leave them with your heart

when we are all free

when it comes to our time

what we should all leave

is our love in their minds

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