A Testament to What I Was, a poem



I am a testament

to what I was

in the days of my youth

strong, firm, and resolute.

I grew beneath

the shade of trees

basked in the warm glow

of the sun

and treasured the silence

allowing the breeze

to touch my skin

to hear the sigh

of the wind

and I continued

to stretch

to strive

to reach

the promise

of my potential.


wept at my feet,

as the sun

lit my tresses on fire

as the breeze

grasped me in its arms

in a furious dance

and as the shade

of another passing day

drew shadows in my footsteps.

I have lived

way beyond

my youthful display of courage

and now the winter

of my life is near

the moments when

I begin to realize

my purpose

is to leave behind

the best of myself

so that others may grow

to leave behind

a message

that beauty

is all-encompassing

in every passing moment,

whether we are holding on

or letting go.

I shall never say

goodbyes are not

filled with sorrow

but I know

you shall remember me

by what I leave behind –


to be cherished

and a legacy

whose existence

required my presence.


© Sumyanna 2017





18 Comments Add yours

  1. beautifully heartfelt, so you this one ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you sweet lady, and I couldn’t agree more 🙂 Hugs and love send your way in truckloads!


  2. leigha66 says:

    A beautiful poem!

    Liked by 1 person

      1. leigha66 says:

        You’re welcome!


  3. Very powerful and beautifully written.
    Really enjoyed reading this.


  4. 7128788elf says:

    I really love this, what an inspiring piece, and what a wonderful way to look back at ones life; great work.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you Charles. I do always hope I have made some difference in some way. We all have our purpose, whatever it might be. I hope to leave something worth remembering.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. 7128788elf says:

        I’m sure you are doing that, and will be well remembered and revered in times to come.


  5. The photo said so much on its own and YOU have put words to it; in the most beautiful way! 💕


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you so very much! Somehow many of my comments were never sent. I did not know they weren’t working, so I’m going through them and sending them again!


  6. wolfnowl says:

    Lovely. In his book, “Illusions: ThexAdventures of a Reluctant Messiah” Richard Bach wrote, “I gave my life to become the person I am today. Was it worth it?” (approx, from memory)



  7. A lovely poem, Sumyanna. Did you write this about someone else – I know that you are not that old.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      I wrote it for the flower. I know that sounds funny, but someone said they did not see beauty in the image. I like to always tie my feelings, not only about nature itself, but my hopes as a human being as well – making the flower almost take on human characteristics. I’m older… but not old yet 😉

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  8. This is beyond powerful. Bravo!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you every so much.

      Liked by 1 person

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