I've been watching The Waltons, and I have always been intrigued and therefore relate to many of John-Boy's writings and thoughts. Richard Thomas, the actor who plays John-Boy, writes as well. I came upon this poem written by him and immediately remembered John-Boy. The actor and the character are still one and the same.
I have a special fondness for poetry and prose and have written a little myself. Perhaps, I'll post some of them someday.
The Final Fight
By: Richard Thomas
As passing years accumulate
Replete with problems, pain, and strife,
Recall the good and celebrate
The gifts and joys that come with life.
With age come loss and health grown frail
As skills decline and savings shrink.
Each added ache and new travail
May cause despair as spirits sink.
Too many things we knew are gone,
The world today in disarray.
Our friends and kin are passing on,
And youthful dreams have flown away.
But fight the gloom and welcome morn.
Go forth to reignite the fires
That kindle zest and hope reborn,
That life provides and love inspires.
Renew your quest for knowledge now.
Seek beauty, wonderment, and cheer.
As strongly as your straits allow,
Confront your woes and persevere.
Discard regrets and undone feats.
Abandon things we can't regain.
For life's a blessing each day greets
And cherished memories remain.
The answer to that great unknown
We'll learn when ends our final hour.
Did we exist and die alone
Or guided by a higher power?