Poems for Rock Bridge High School's graduation ceremony

Friday, June 1, 2007 | 12:57 p.m. CDT; updated 2:20 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Life is short, life is sweet

What will my life say about me?
Will it show all my pain?
Will it show all my struggles?
Will it show all my strengths?
Will it show my brilliance?
Will people say he could have done more?
Or he did all he could
Will they rejoice in my accomplishments?
Or mourn my nothingness

At the end of my days
Will people have regrets about me?
Will my life have been a model of character and integrity?
Will I have led others or simply followed
Life is short life is sweet
Life is short life is sweet
Life is short life is sweet

— Clay Minchew

Rainbows follow the rain

When you’ve finally reached the bottom
As far down as you can go
When you pray for a solution
But it’s not yours to know
When the ones you love have vanished
And you’re alone in your pain
Remember, rainbow follow the rain

When the storm clouds hide the sunshine
Sadness robs you of your song
You’re afraid to face tomorrow
Because today has gone so wrong
You search for a place of safety
But your search seems all in vain
Remember, rainbows follow the rain

When you’re defeated by life’s challenges
God seems to hide his face from you
You ask for your strength renewing
But your prayers echo back to you
When your body seems to fail you
And you can’t bear the pain
Remember, rainbows follow the rain

She said the rainbow is Gods promise
That he cares about his own
He’s sending rainbows to assure us
That the storm is really gone
He cares about his children
He is mindful of their pain
He sends us rainbows after the rain.

— Shirley Henson Minchew

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