Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Remember me...


Something that I came across today... a poem written by David Harkins - a former factory worker and motorway service-station cleaner, now an artist. He had written this poem 20 years ago in the spirit of unrequited love, but over the years - as a result of sheer dumbness and ignorance, the poem was modified, the author was renamed as 'Anon', the title changed from 'Remember Me' to 'She is Gone' and the essence of the poem attributed to 'death of a loved one'. In any case, I'm glad David Harkins got the much-deserved popularity when the Queen read this poem out at the Queen Mother's funeral. Anyways, found this poem to be simple and 'pure', untouched by negativity. Written when David was around 22-23 and was in love with someone but could not confess coz of his shy nature. The girl knew about his love for her but she wasn't interested. So well anyways, found two versions, I don't know which one's the right one, but both make a lot of sense when read under the right circumstances and when dedicated to the right person.



Remember Me

Do not shed tears when I have gone 
but smile instead because I have lived.

Do not shut your eyes and pray to God that I'll come back
but open your eyes and see all that I have left behind.

I know your heart will be empty because you cannot see me
but still I want you to be full of the love we shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live only for yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of what happened between us yesterday.

You can remember me and grieve that I have gone
or you can cherish my memory and let it live on.

You can cry and lose yourself, become distraught and turn your back on the world
or you can do what I want - smile, wipe away the tears, learn to love again and go on.





She is gone

You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back

or you can open your eyes and see all she has left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see her

or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday

or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she's gone

or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind,

be empty and turn your back

or you can do what she would want:

smile, open your eyes, love and go on.



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