Posted in Free Verse Poetry, Inspirational Poems, Nature Poems, Poetry, Poetry Based on Photos, Thoughtful Poems

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





Writer of poetry and seeker of knowledge. I hope to inspire and be inspired by my words and the world around me.

18 thoughts on “A Testament to What I Was, a poem

    1. 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.

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    1. 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!


  1. 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)



    1. 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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