Our Forgotten Lives – Elijah Leonard

Stop worrying about how you look

Many thanks to Elijah Leonard for a poem with a powerful message. As the pace of life accelerates with the rise of technology and social media, we should certainly take time to heed Elijah’s very wise words.

Our Forgotten Lives

Forgetting,

You do it everyday,

Every week,

Every month,

Every year.

 

It’s the insignificant things that slip; for example ,

What you ate for dinner two weeks ago,

The fact that feeding ducks bread is in fact dangerous for their health,

Where the spare back door key is.

 

I for one, am afraid of being forgotten,

I am afraid that with time,

I’ll be another gravestone half sunken into the ground covered in moss and overgrown weeds. 

 

No one will know my name,

Who my family was,

Where I came from or what I did.

I will be, quite simply: forgotten with time. 

 

Inevitably we will all be forgotten with time, 

Including our monarchs, politicians and celebrities of today.

 

We will be nothing but that gravestone half sunken into the ground covered in moss and overgrown weeds,

Stop worrying about making your mark on social media, 

Stop worrying about how you look, 

Or how you act. 

Just enjoy your life, be happy, live it to the fullest, 

Because if not, 

You’ll have nothing nice to remember before you forget, just regrets about wasting your life. 

And you will forget. 

Everything will be forgotten.

Elijah Leonard

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