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What Is the Worth of Man
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By Rich Tassinari
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        What Is the Worth of Men

I’ve poured myself into a worldly mold,
A mold made from the elements of earth
And through these elements, I’ve judged my worth,
Assayed myself like ores assayed for gold.
If metal in a man is weighed like ore,
And purest ores demand the highest price,
Then man is mined, his soul sold in earth’s store,
And purity in man is but a vice.
What is the worth of man who came from dust
And after all his deeds returns again?
Like leaves decayed on earth, the prides of men
Resume the elemental forms they must.
    His soul, however, if for God he mined,
    Returns back to his Maker, pure, refined.

Rich Tassinari 2/14/15


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Submitted: Saturday, February 14, 2015

Last Updated: Saturday, February 14, 2015

About the Poet
Husband, father, grandfather, and each title is my joy. As a youth, poetry was a means to express the inexpressable. I was attracted to (and still am) the beauty and brevity of verse. All flows out from God, and like a proper prayer, can flow back.


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