What I fear is
not what you fear.
While some dread the dead of night,
or others the blow of thunder,
as some creep away from the thought of death
and the fear of flight keeps them grounded
I fear what others do not
I fear that my memory will rot
and that I will fade.
Like the infamous and the brave
I want to leave a scar on the memory
I want a trace of me to remain,
no matter how small,
a sign I lived and loved
and that my efforts stand the test of time.
I want to leave a trace
some blemish on our vast history,
something that shows I existed
and that my life was worth remembering.
I don't want fame
or an album
I don't to be an actor
or even have a house in Bel Air
I don't want too much wealth
or too much doubt
I don't want my accomplishments to
be too large
or too small
I just want to leave a mark,
some proof I existed.
So one day man can look back
and see my name
and know my efforts were worth