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You Never Know (poem)

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You never know when someone
May catch a dream from you
You never know when a little word
Or something you might do
May open up a window
Of the mind that seeks the light
The way you live might not matter at all
But then again it might.
It might.

And just in case it could be
That another’s life through you
Could possibly change for better
With a broader brighter view
It seems it might be worth a try
At pointing the way to right
Of course it might not matter at all
But then again it might.
It might.

And one day when I’m older
And my life is nearly through
I’ll reminisce over challenges
And the light that got me through
I’ll know I’ve always done by best
To follow the road that’s right
The way I lived might not matter at all
But then again it might.
It might.

© Steven Colborne 2007

The above poem is an adaptation of a poem I found online by an unknown author. Many of the words, including the entire third stanza, were written by me.

My version of the poem was birthed during a period of intense breakdown and spiritual searching in the aftermath of my mother’s death. I wrote a musical accompaniment to this poem which I recorded for a YouTube channel, but I was feeling so much emotional pain when I recorded it that I could hardly sing. The song is ‘unlisted’ on YouTube because I’m quite embarrassed about sharing it, but if you’d like to view/listen you can do so here.


  1. Thank you for being vulnerable with us, dear friend. I know it’s not an easy feat. Reading your words, you make me contemplative and wondering if I’ve done any good so far in my life.

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    1. God bless you, Dylan. It’s good to be contemplative, I think, reflecting on the way we live and our actions. I’ve been doing that quite a bit recently. Thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙏🏻

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