Why Do It? Another Inspirational Poem



We may not have a grand passion or something that compels us to craft a soul-prospering life. And, we may not have a person to inspire us to live the life of our dreams.

It’s perfectly fine to want to live a soul-prospering life just because it’ll please us and just because it’ll leave the world a little better than we found it.

That’s what this poem is about. Enjoy!


I’d like to think when life is done

That I had filled a needed post,

That here and there I’d paid my fare

With more than idle talk and boast;

That I had taken gifts divine,

The breath of life and manhood fine,

And tried to use them now and then

In service for my fellow men.


I’d hate to think when life is through

That I had lived my round of years

A useless kind, that leaves behind

No record in this vale of tears;

That I had wasted all my days

By treading only selfish ways,

And that this world would be the same

If it had never known my name.


I’d like to think that here and there,

When I am gone, there shall remain

A happier spot that might have not

Existed had I toiled for gain;

That some one’s cheery voice and smile

Shall prove that I had been worth while;

That I had paid with something fine

My debt to God for life divine.

~Edgar A. Guest


Let me know how you liked the poem.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



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