What Is You Legacy? Please, excuse me…for my interruption And, if I might beg your pardon Who are you? ~ My name is… ~ No…no. I’m sorry for the misunderstanding And…for being so demanding But I don’t need your name Unless it be the same as the question pertains I mean Who are you ~ I’m trying to tell you ~ Was that showy display Meant to explain who you are Have you…thus far Answered my inquiry Into all the things you’ve aspired to be Is it your claim That your name Is the totality of you ~ That’s not what I’m trying to do ~ Then, who are you ~ Does answering the question gain me a reward? ~ Only an accord That explains life In the affirmative …Of the love you give As in… I give all of me…in support of me ~ I see ~ Do you…really? Is your support of you At the detriment of others Do you cherish a brutha In the sacred realm of you ~ I do…but who are you ~ I am the root …The large trunk Of MY FAMILY tree I HAVE THREE limbs That have branched off from me As they grew And branched They took chances Discovered successful romances (I look for better days to come their way) Now…again…I ask Who are you? The inner-most-TRUTH…of you That you can’t hide…from you What makes you TICK What is it that MOVES you to tears Or…motivates your fears What is… The down-deep-and-dirty…of you That no one knows…but you That tender glow That spells “SPECIAL” To all those close to you What would you like your children to know Besides “I bequeath thee…pockets of gold AND ALL the worldly possessions I HOLD” Is there a lesson To be gained With the sharing of SOMETHING Other than your family name I mean… Is it the “Peaches and cream” That make up the “Fortune and fame” thing That is your dream Or, is that too lame? What will they say about you…after “Ashes to ashes And, dust to dust” Y O U R E T U R N Are you concerned ‘Bout the legacy of “Right or wrong” You leave the weak and the strong As you journey along the “Here & Now” Into the land of your making Having forsaken All those you leave behind Is it the “Wise and kind” things you say That will bless your day With eternal rewards Will the Lord recognize you As one of His Are you my Father’s son Or…Your father’s child Is he the one who fathered the lie …That brought tears to a dying man’s eye ~ Who are you ~ What would you do If tomorrow was your last day (Of sorrow) To do and say All the things you want to say (And do) What would you say To the people whose lives you’ve touched Would you tell them how much You’ve appreciated them…over the years And how THANKFUL you are…to God For the life you’ve lived And all the love you have…to give Is that what you would do? In between “Here I am…” And “There I go” That sums up your life For others to know “Who you are” And “What you’ve done” Whether friend or foe Father…or, Son Here…in this space You are defined by the “Activities and beliefs” Inside the lines Between “Date of birth” And “Home-going time” As we peer from the future Back to the past And all the questions One would ask Of “What would you have done, differently” After seeing all the things you’ve come to see What is your legacy? Who are you?