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If I can throw a single ray of light across the darkened pathway of another;

If I can aid some soul to clearer sight of life and duty and thus, bless my brother;

  If I can wipe from any human cheek a tear, I shall not have lived my life in vain while here.

  If I can guide some erring one to truth, inspire within his heart a sense of duty;

  If I can plant within my soul of rosy youth a sense of right, a love of truth and beauty;

  If I can teach one man that GOD and heaven are near, I shall not have lived life in vain while here.

  If from my mind I banish doubt and fear, and keep my life attuned to love and kindness;

  If I can scatter light and hope and cheer, and help remove the curse of mental blindness;

  If I can make more joy, more hope, less pain, I shall not have lived and loved in vain.

  If by life’s roadside I can plant a tree, beneath whose shade some wearied head may rest;

  Though I may never share its beauty, I shall yet be truly blest

  though no one knows my name, nor drops a flower upon my grave, I shall not have lived in vain.”


Francis of Assisi 

This poem written by St. Francis of Assisi some eight hundred years ago still holds some very deep meanings for life. When I hang up my spurs for the last time, I want to be able to say I have made a difference in the lives of others along the way.  Nothing else seems to make sense. If I have made an honest attempt to serve and honor the GOD who made me, and to make a difference in the lives of others, then my life will have been worthwhile. So as Francis of Assisi says in his poem; go out and plant a tree in the shade somewhere for someone else to rest under. They may not name the tree after you, but others will be glad you planted it! 


  1. jjspina says:

    This is a beautiful poem! My husband and I visited Assisi and found it beautiful and so spiritual. I cried as I walked around from pure joy of feeling his presence there. Lovely place! Thank you for sharing.

    I posted a review for your book, Ride on Time: Matters of the Heart which I sent to you by email. Did you receive it? It is also posted on Amazon and Goodreads and shared by Twitter and FB.

    Loved your book and learned a lot about heart disease which I shared with my husband. Thank you!

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  2. I would like to go to Assisi one day Janice! No I have not seen it yet, but I will check it out. Thank you so much for reading and for posting the reviews. I am glad the book was helpful to you and your husband!

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  3. milliethom says:

    The poem is very lovely, Tony, as are your own words to go with it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Thanks Millie! Glad you enjoyed it.


  5. beautiful poem…reblogging..


  6. The True Light! says:

    Well said, good thoughts and insightful Tony!


    Liked by 1 person

  7. Thanks for the comment Steve!


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