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Bed of Life

At a certain moment in time,
a doctor shall determine
that my brain has ceased to function
and
for all intents and purposes,
my life has ended.

 

When that happens,
do not continue
to instill artificial life into my body…
remove me from any machines.
And don't call this my 'death bed'
but, rather
call it my 'bed of life'
and let my body be taken from it
to help others
lead fuller and happier lives.

 

Give my heart to a person whose
own heart has
caused them endless days of pain
so she may live to know true love…

 

Give my blood to the young one who
has been pulled from
the wreckage of a car
so that he might live to
one day see his grandchildren play…

 

Give my kidneys to free one who
depends upon a machine to
exist from day to day…
Take my bones,
every muscle,
every fiber
and nerve in my body
and find a way to
make a crippled child walk…

 

Explore every corner of my brain,
take my cells and let them grow
so that someday
a speechless boy will
shout at the crack of a bat
and a deaf girl will
hear the harmony of the rail fall
against her window pane…

 

Burn what is left of me
and scatter my ashes to
the winds of the mountains
to the trees and the flowers
to help them grow on.
Give my soul to God.

 

If you MUST bury something,
let it be my faults and weaknesses…

 

And, if, by chance,
you should wish to remember me,
do it with
a kind deed or word to
someone who needs you.

 

If you do all this… I shall live forever.


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Bed Of Life, Unknown Author

 

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