A Eulogy for Humanity

A Eulogy for Humanity

A Poem by Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
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For every writer who dreams for a better world, and every reader who imagines it.

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A Eulogy for Humanity

By

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

(An Epilogue)

I remember in their lips I saw; the words left unspoken in final moments 
In the glint of their last light they spoke these unsaid words to me


Let us open our eyes; not just to see, but feel.
And when we breathe we should do so not just to live but to dream


Let us grow old with wisdom, yet retain youth with our curiosity 
To understand our fallibilities, but strive to be boundless in optimism


Let our compassion to be better; outweigh our selfishness to be petty
For it is easier to hate than make the sacrifices that are required of love


Let us refrain from ignorance for it is a barrier toward our higher aspirations 
And to deny these things in which we believe; is to never live the life we yearn


Let us never lose insight on the virtues that define human empathy
For what fills the void within that loss will be the worst of our cynical vices.

For not all tears are sorrow, nor smiles for joy
The end of a journey is both celebration and bittersweet


Never forget the brevity of life and the finite of each sunrise seen
When you are alive it is hope; when you are dead it is legacy

© 2022 Carlos Lorenzo Estrada


Author's Note

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
Thank you kindly for taking the time to read this short piece of writing. I feel it is filled with wisdom and insight many of us have heard before in some form or another. We do not know the hour of our passing, but intuitively acknowledge its constant presence within our living moments. What I take comfort in now as a writer is the fact that we all see the same sunrise
and weave from dream this thing called art.

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Powerful and worthwhile thoughts shared my friend.
"Never forget the brevity of life and the finite of each sunrise seen
When you are alive it is hope; when you are dead it is legacy"
The above lines Carlos. We must do and thank you for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you CP for leaving your thoughts on this poem. It is greatly appreciated. The line you quote.. read more
Coyote Poetry

3 Days Ago

You are welcome, Carlos.
Wonderful. Wisdom and sincerity is always timeless and needed.


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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you Cherrie for your kind comment on this poem. These wisdoms are a variation of the many said.. read more


thoughtfully enjoyed from beginning to end ................ Neville

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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you Neville for the comment on this piece. It was written during my recent bout with covid. St.. read more
Such appeal in this heartfelt poem about how to use our senses and feel more alive to others' needs - to cut through time left and take all measures of care and respect and see empathy widen. A truly inspiring read and thank you for sharing real art Carlos.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you Fay for sharing your kind thoughts on this poem. It was a labor of love written with the h.. read more
WOW! This entire write is filled with so much wisdom it is astounding. I especially felt drawn to these lines...(Let our compassion to be better; outweigh our selfishness to be petty For it is easier to hate than make the sacrifices that are required of love) Indeed my friend. ~Sharon

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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much for your kind review, Sharon. Many of the wisdoms presented in this piece have be.. read more
Carlos this is the first 100 rating that I have given. Although many of these pieces of wisdom come from various sources your expression of them took them straight to heart, which is what poetry is to do. I have not marked this as a favorite poem, instead I have bookmarked it on my computer to review regularly. Brilliantly written.

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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

You are much too kind Soren and I am touched truly by your comment. I wrote this in a way as rememb.. read more
Every stanza is a wonderful dissertation on the passion within humanity and in living, we could be here for hours discussing, especially the one on " human empathy"... now that one had me thinking which is the very meaning and purpose of poetry, well done and perhaps something to carry around in the pocket. Thank you for the inspiration!

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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you so very much for sharing your insightful comments on this piece. So much went into this p.. read more
Perdition

1 Month Ago

A sincere pleasure and my deepest sorrow for your loss. A wonderful tribute that you were able to ta.. read more
This poem has a stately cadence that fits well with its timeless themes. It leaves the reader in peace and in hope.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much my friend for sharing your thoughts on this poem. These have been difficult times.. read more
Love, love this write. It is just what is needed today to dispel the feelings of despair and emptiness wrought by a world filled with conflict and lack of caring. Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this poem with me. I really appreciate it. I am in .. read more
"ever forget the brevity of life and the finite of each sunrise seen
When you are alive it is hope; when you are dead it is legacy"

To close your masterpiece with these lines wrap us completely with gentleness , wistfulness and soft tears. I feel You through your poem my friend, it's not only about the wisdom and kindness of a human, but yes your tears here are felt, your yearning, your sadness and ache for a better world...to witness all these brutality around the world and yet still keep the dream alive need strong and beautiful heart, and yours certainly is. From a sister to her brother in humanity Thank You for writing and sharing this with honesty and openness. Bless You, and sending You so much Love and Light~

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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you lightsong for these much needed words that I needed to hear. Every time we poets believe t.. read more
lightsong

1 Month Ago

You, We can't lose hope my dear Carlos no matter what. life means hope and faith, love and light, Yo.. read more

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Added on April 4, 2022
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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

salinas , CA



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