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If Only It Could Speak
 
It is my time to go and face my Great Maker.
My days are at an end so comes the undertaker. 
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I'm not sure what is next. I'm just a little worried.
I have done the best I could but I was too often hurried.
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An antiquer's life is hard, lift and load, fix and clean
Then face the customer's snarl as they deride, insult, demean.
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 But my struggle is now over, my back will hurt no more
A new world is ahead of me as I face my Savior's door.
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What would be the verdict as I view the streets of gold
Had I lived a life that was worthy to be included in the fold?
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 I looked around for answers and then I began to see
Some strangers were approaching with their arms outstretched to me.
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The first was a dear old lady who met me with embrace
"Thank you, Dear, for caring about that broken vase"
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 It came from my dear father upon my wedding day
You saved it from the trash truck to be cherished along the way.
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And then there was another who grabbed and shook my hand.
 


A former slave he had been when wrong was on our land.
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 He said, "I know the paper that you patched and then preserved.
It proved my life in slavery, a life so undeserved!"
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"You touched the paper with kindness as if you could have changed my fate
And now I get to thank you as you stand at Heaven's gate"
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 I recognized the WWI soldier whose picture I had held.
His wounds were gone, not to return, as his history he unveiled.
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They told me all the secrets and stories from long ago
Associated with the items that I had come to know.
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 There were so many to love me,  I was shocked to see them all!
They were not dead, but living! And all with memories to recall.
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They thanked me for my efforts and it was just as I had guessed
Although it may be very hard, an antiquer's life is blessed.
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I was invited in to sit with the chosen and elite
I really wasn't very surprised to see the antique seat.
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 It was a great and glorious moment to be included with the meek
And now I had the answer to, "If only it could speak!"