I Lived!

A Perspective Poem About Life


What Matters?

All of my days have come and went

But what matters now is how my life was spent

What did I do?

Where did I go?

It was never for me to tally

But for the world around to know.

So here they are today

Somber, dressed in black what will they say?





“They gather because”


The pain is real and all the tears have been cried

They gather on this to day to say their goodbyes

They gather because I died?

I beg to differ

They gather because I lived!

I lived a life of sharing, I lived!

I lived a life of caring, I lived!

A life of love and generosity, I lived!

A life of peace and patience, I lived!

So when you gather and reflect

Don’t let this one fact, fall to neglect

I Lived!

I Lived!


By E.N.Howie


E.N.Howie is a native Washingtonian who has been fortunate to experience some life-altering circumstances that have given him a different way to look at challenges. In some circles, he would be described as an eternal optimist. He believes there is a bright side to even the darkest of experiences if you will search for the light. He is a husband, mentor, community-centered individual and a sharer of inspiration.