Tuesday, August 12, 2014

All Is Not Lost--By Joyce Johnson--United States

All Is Not Lost

If I should grow so old that I
Forget my name,  beloved faces,
Disremember who I am and
Get lost in familiar places,
Then I would be sad and confused,
I’m sure I would be lonely too;
Yet Lord above, my truest Friend,
I know I’d still remember You.

You who’ve been with me from the start,
From childhood to these aged days,
Would stay with me until life’s done.
I’d  recognize You through the haze.
The saddest person I envision,
Who ever on this earth has trod,
Must be the one with mind so dulled,
He has forgotten the true God.

When pleasures of this life are through,
Dear God, my God, I’ll still have you.

Joyce Johnson lives in the beautiful Skagit Valley of Washington State. She owns a small farm and rents her land to a bulb grower. She is surrounded by beauty in the spring from the tulips and daffodils that inspire much of her poetry. Joyce celebrated her 96th birthday in July of 2014.


  1. Joyce, this poem is absolutely beautiful! I feel as you do and if ever I forget my name I pray I never forget the name of the one who has seen me through every trial and every blessed event in my life. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely poem and your talent.
    Love, Charlene

  2. It is very sad to think the possibility of this occurring to all of us when we get older - is a rude reality. Beautiful poem with much soul and heart! Sheri

  3. Very nicely written, Joyce. Who else will there ever be when all is said and done, but God? I enjoyed reading and meditating upon "All Is Not Lost." Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

  4. Dear Joyce,

    There are many things we'll forget along life's journey, but faith in God will not be one of them for you or me. Faith keeps us grounded, even when we are confused by things happening around us.

    I'm sure I'll never forget you either, Joyce. You have always been kind and a great source of inspiration to many writers. Bless you, dear.


  5. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following--

    what an upbeat ending - just beautiful