Fourteen-year-old Masha Yurkevich, an eighth-grade student at Windham Middle School, has submitted the following poem. May her positive perspective and wisdom inspire you to live a life of meaning and peace.
If I will...
By Masha Yurkevich
If I will have wrinkles,
let them be from too much smiling.
If I will have bad vision,
let it be from looking at good for too much.
If I will be starved,
let it be from me feeding all you the good I've had.
If I will have broken bones,
let them be broken because I have taken the pain that would've gone to you.
If I will be weak,
let me be weak from being too strong.
When I will die,
let me die because I have done enough good here.