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  Life Is But The First Part
by Richard Lee Orey
Thursday, January 15, 2009
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God has a plan for you and me

                                                                                                   This poem is dedicated to 
                                                                                                  Reyanna Sage Orey
my beloved great-granddaughter


                            Life Is But The First Part

                                                  "Once upon a time" and "In the beginning"
                                                   Some famous stories begin.
                                                   For me, it was a self-abortion
                                                   That left me the surviving twin.

                                                   In a childhood besot with disease,
                                                   I suffered a sinner's abuse
                                                   Which provided me a foundation in life
                                                   To transcend without excuse.

                                                   So I left the nest and travelled afar
                                                   To settle and mingle alone.
                                                   I answered to no one but myself
                                                   And left it for God to atone.

                                                   In time a vision of love appeared
                                                   And cemented my heart to her soul.
                                                   I married the woman and raised our children
                                                   In a committed, responsible role.

                                                   I served the courts as an officer of law
                                                   Resolving people's fights,
                                                   And forty years later called it quits
                                                   To author my stories and writes.

                                                   Comes now my age of seventy-six
                                                   When I savor my works and deeds.
                                                   I kiss my great-granddaughter on the cheek
                                                   And harbor no further needs.

                                                   I've lived my life with God in my heart
                                                   And been forgiven my sin.
                                                   Now I'll paddle my canoe for a time or so
                                                   Till His voice calls out, "Come in!"

                                                   In faith I wait for the light to show
                                                   And the time I will rejoice:
                                                   Whence comes the day that God speaks out,
                                                   "Be still and hear my voice."

                                                   A certainty of future is mine
                                                   In His promise of the life I've led:
                                                   "You've done my will as I have asked
                                                   And heaven is just ahead."

                                                              "Once upon a time" and "In the beginning"
                                                   Will echo in my heart.
                                                   Soon I'll know of God's plan for us
                                                   For Life is but the first part!

                                                   So mote it be.

                                                   Richard Lee Orey
                                                                Copyright 2009







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Reviewed by Richard Arrington 8/6/2009
This is a great poem, my wife and I both loved it very much. My wife and I endured the death of our first son (SIDs)and went through a period of grief that left us feeling empty inside. Our son can not be replaced but god blessed us with two more son's since his death. We could have dealt with this in other ways but we chose to serve god. My wife is a volunteer in the children's ministry of our church and I am a deacon and food ministry volunteer. We have been blessed as with my two books being published. I applaud you for enduring in a positive way and I am pleased to call you my friend.

R. Region Arrington
" The Voyage of Billy Buckins"
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Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 7/13/2009
what a beautiful girl she is...I enjoy your work tremendously...
Reviewed by Sister Deborah Young 6/25/2009
Richard, Such a wonderful poem. I truly enjoyed it; it is but tender and heart touching to say the least. What a blessing! Thank you for sharing. Sis "D"
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/19/2009
Such a meaningful journey, Richard; and this is a fine gift and dedication to your great-grandaughter. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 1/19/2009

What a wonderful inspiring piece you have shared with us!!!...And God has rewarded you with a beautiful greatgranddaughter!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

Sending you and your family lots of love,

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/17/2009
Richard, this is a magnificent poem, though filled with heart wrenching pain, the faith and wisdom are uplifting and give
us hope...the recording is beautifully done,you have a great voice!

Reviewed by Connie Faust 1/16/2009
It's a beautiful review of your life, Richard. So many facets in 76 years, but this "is but the first part." I believe it was a rich life, and fulfilling, and it is a joy to read your telling of it.
I regret that I was unable to listen, but the reading alone is very rewarding.
Sincerely, Connie
Reviewed by Art Sun 1/16/2009
Great work is filled with gifts and joy for our pleasure, you show us the heart of a man who has walked the path of God and knows his journey even beyond the simpleness of this life. When one can see his next place within the bigger plan then he is closer to the love of His Creator. May you and your family be Blessed and may your children live long and fruitfull lives...

Peace and Love my friend...

Art Sun...
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 1/16/2009
Oh Richard, I am speechless. I won't be if you will allow my neice and I to perform this work with drama and praise dance. God and His Glory in you get all the credit. This peice in my heart is "like God's first tree", in the beginning.
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 1/16/2009
Dear Richard, it is because of people

like yourself that teach us younger

and often times more foolish,

how to live a better and closer walk

with the One that makes all the

differance in life.

You, my dear friend can preach

to me anytime you feel called to.

You have earned my trust, my respect,

my love, and admiration.

All my best, love Holly
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 1/16/2009
Richard- I can tell this came from a very personal and deep place.I like the line I have lived life with God in my heart. Such faith!This is wonderful. It really is!

With Love,
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 1/16/2009
Reviewed by John Domino 1/15/2009
Deeply moving poetry in motion.
Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen 1/15/2009
Awww, Richard....This is such a sweet memoir of your life, one that has truly been lived well and in awe of the Lord's mercies.

The end of life is just the beginning.....amen to that! :)


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Reviewed by Frances Webb 1/15/2009
It was very beautiful and very true. Life Is But the First Part is the way every christain should look at their own life when a whole eternity awaits in heaven for us with God.
You could turn this poem into a resitation by putting words of music sung at the beginning and then at the end. It would be a great witness and touching message for everyone to hear. I really enjoyed it very much.
Reviewed by Leann Marshall 1/15/2009
This poem is so touching and inspiring, that it's no wonder you've already gotten so many reviews. I love writing that is directly from the soul, as this one.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful year.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/15/2009
Richard this is ahsolutely beautiful, and heart-touching write and vocal rendition.of your life's personal journey, lived well...the music complimented your reading.
I just retired after 35 years in Law Enforcement
Blessings, Carole~
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 1/15/2009
Beautiful rendition of life's journey inward and out.
I enjoyed it very much.
Blessings, J'nia
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 1/15/2009
Dear Richard. It has been a while since we last communicated.
"I answered to no one but myself, And left it for God to atone." These are beautiful words, how could someone say it any better? Your great grandchild is the best result, she is bursting with joy. This is also your reward and God's answer. Very touching poem a natural and powerful subject. God bless you my friend. Love Emile

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/15/2009
Powerfully penned excellence, Richard, beautifully penned thought provoker. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 1/15/2009
So sorry I don't have speakers to hear that singing voice. But I'll take the word of these other reviewers and know it was great
I had to read the poem twice to absorb it, and wanted to do a good job of reviewing it. It is set in such a way that it rolls along with your life doings, and you have followed God's directions and seem to have lived a long life and a longer one yet to live. And you do know where you are going and can wait for it and be patient and meanwhile you have more of God's work to do here on earth too.
Just be yourself like you are in this poem and you will be strong.
Loved reading it and nice to hear from you again. Thanks.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/15/2009
Absolutely beautiful Richard...your words and music a magical combo!!

A treasure to keep!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 1/15/2009
Richard..this was truly beautiful...and so moving. An inspirational and autobiographical piece that tells your story and beliefs 'your way...
The lines "In time a vision of love appeared
And cemented my heart to her soul

was simply blissful...a woman's dream to read such words of herself...and her love..

I also like the way you have linked in references to past pieces..that worked so well. This really is a Masterpiece Richard...

On a lighter note, being English, your charming American accent, really had me spellbound!

Loved the music and graphics too...A 'forever gift' for your Great Granddaughter too...

Love, Diana
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi Benyehu (Reader) 1/15/2009
Blessed are those that can sing their stories with the winners' voice!

"Life Is But The First Part" sings to Faith, inspiring and showing

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
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