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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Two Retirement Gifts...a poem and a quilt...

This is the gorgeous quilt that my sister made as a retirement gift for our father, Mr. Claude Moss, Sr. A version of my poem is in the middle of the creation. Pictures of my family and our siblings come before and after the poem.


The Measure of a Man

Retirement is a time in a man’s life when the world dictates

We measure him by the life we think he’s led,

So we say

The true measure of a man is how tall he stands

Above his peers

How many treasures his storehouse holds

To determine his weight in riches

How many bonds and funds his accounts boast

How many possessions he’s amassed

Yet others argue his credibility

Lies in the races he’s won and the places he’s been,

Who he knows and the brands he can afford and recommend.

Be that as it may,

Truth rises like mist before us on a steamy summer day.

The true measure of a man is what he believes

How he opens to the Divine manifesting in his every day.

It lies in who he gives a helping hand

Because he knows the poor, dubbed the least of us,

are among God’s chosen too.

Yes, the true measure of a man lies in whether he leaves the world

Better than he finds it

Whether he walks up to fear and embraces those deeds

That buckle his knees.

The true measure of a man is whether he allows

His Heaven Within to guide his steps without.

When judged by a spiritual yardstick,

A man knows the world’s judgment is tolerated

But never needed

For if he has walked by faith

The greatest part of him, as unseen as breath,

Whispers, “Well Done, My Good and Faithful Servant,

Well Done,”

And that man walks among men showered in a Grace

That springs not from this place.

©   Claudia Moss   6/29/2012

This is a lovely quilt that my knee-baby sister made for a customer to commemorate the love of a mother, grandmother and great grandmother!

The quilts can be purchased at my Glenda P. Halcromb's store, EMBROIDERY MossWear International in Stockbridge, GA.

Live a Golden Life

July 1, 2012

1 comment:

Wendy Ewurum said...

Absolutely beautiful Claudia.