How then shall I measure a Life?
Paul Grindlay, January 2019
How then shall I measure a life?
In years, kilometres, calories,
In loaves of bread and wine bottles,
In achievements and accolades,
Income or possessions?
Measure it rather in love!
For Life and Love share two letters,
In an enduring union that begins and ends together.
And surely each one of us is a child of love,
Conceived by the fire of desire,
Forged in the heat of passion
At the incandescent flashpoint
When the world stood still,
Two souls fused, destiny dissolved
And flowed into the mold that would shape us.
There a mother’s love was stitched
Into every molecule of our DNA
And courses still through our veins.
So count kisses, touch and affection,
Enumerate laughter, smiles and connection.
But mark also tears, disappointment and loss,
For you must learn,
That we are love, pure and simple,
And unto love we shall return.
You can find a video of me reading this poem at the link below.