(von Lindberg) DUST IF YOU MUST (Revision)

By Che von Lindberg, author.
Forwarded by Bill Thompson

With thanks to my son Gary, who searched the web to discover the original source that changed the author's status from “unknown” and added the correct ending.

Dust if you must.
But wouldn't it be better
to paint a picture, or write a letter,
bake a cake, or plant a seed.
Ponder the difference between want and need.

Dust if you must.
But there is not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must.
But the world's out there
with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
a flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come round again.

Dust if you must.
But bear in mind,
old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
you, yourself, will make more dust.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright, I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more, I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive, I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger, I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting, and I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess… and finally, I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye…!