A Poem by Jeff Bresee

If only everyone understood this... and lived by it



At the end of the day
If the truth be told -
We don't own a single thing we hold

Not the spoils we gain
Nor the gold in hand
Not the things we reap
Not the tracks of land

That we build upon
Where we stake our claim
Not the talents held
Nor the claims to fame

Not the words we write
Not the songs we sing
No, we don’t own a single thing

But the will we hold
Deep inside our heart
Yes, the choice we make
That's the only part

Of our whole existence
That we own
Which is ours to give
And ours alone

For we cannot make
One hair black or white
We can’t turn back time
We can't stop the night

When the setting sun
Brings our time to go
Leaving all behind
Brother, don't you know

That the time wanes short
Not a day to waste
Time to realize
Why we're in this place

We are stewards of
Everything that is ours
Ours to use for better
Or for worse


It’s a final test

May the record bare

That we made a choice…

And we chose to share


…Jeff Bresee

© 2015 Jeff Bresee

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A very worthy work of rhyme and philosophical nature. This is extremely readable and doesn't miss a beat in rhythm. The sentiment is soft, gently persuasive and speaks heart-to-heart, so to speak. There is love, care and reason combined, aside from the whispering insight that floats within. It's interesting to consider that all we own is not subject to our will except will itself - that idea is deeper than it seems here, I think, and makes a lot of sense.

NB I'm English, so it may be a pronunciation thing, but in the penultimate verse "ours" does not rhyme with "worse" in the same manner that is found in the rest of the poem. Probably because of vernacular tongues...

Posted 2 Years Ago

I love this! It's simplicity and truth, great write!

Posted 2 Years Ago

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Added on March 31, 2015
Last Updated on March 31, 2015
Tags: sharing, caring, selfless, sleflessness, greed, selfish


Jeff Bresee
Jeff Bresee

Dallas, TX

I love to write poetry and then turn it into songs. I am a singer/songwriter for Weathered Pages, a Fort Worth, Texas based band. Check us out at And I hope you enjoy .. more..