04 May 2013

Investigation into Who wrote it?

I love to Live

Today dear Lord I'm 80, and there's much I haven't done,
I hope dear Lord you'll let me live until I'm 81.
But then if I haven't finished all I want to do
Would you please let me stay awhile until I'm 82?
So many places I want to go - so much I want to see
Do you think you could manage to make it 83?
The world is changing very fast; there is so much in store;
I’d like it very much to could live to 84
And if by then I'm still alive I'd like to stay till 85!
More planes will be up in the air, so I'd really like to stick 
And see what happens to the world when I turn 86.
I know dear Lord, it's much to ask
(and it must be nice in Heaven.)
But I'd really like to stay until I'm 87.
I know by then I won’t be fast and sometimes will be late 
But it would be so pleasant to be around at 88.
I will have seen so many things and had a wonderful time-
So I'm sure that I'll be willing to leave at maybe 89.
Maybe just one more thing I'd like to say
Dear Lord, I thank you kindly
But if it's okay with you, I'd love to live past 90.


The interesting thing about this poem is that I was given it for The Walmley Bulletin and published it complete with the author’s name as given to me, Paula Laking, but I have seen it on the Net as having been written by a number of people. One was on a forum, when the supposed author asked others to correct it because her grammar wasn’t good. One obliging forum member did just that.

My search revealed that most times the poem appeared as author unknown, but I did find it under a different title:

Helen Collings
Born March 2 1915

It was posted by Barbara Maddox, of Barbara MaddoxMinistries, who wrote:

“Helen Collings is a precious friend of mine personally and has been a supporter of Barbara Maddox Ministries for many years. Her prayers have been a support that I have held to many times and on any assignment from teaching a Sunday School class to a trip on the mission field,  I knew she would be faithfully praying for God’s will to be done and for many souls to be saved, baptized, filled with the Holy Spirit and then to go forth in their call for the Lord’s work.

Helen is truly one of those rare jewels that God gives to us and we treasure for a life time.”


The poem was written in yearly segments with her birth date under each one which suggests that she wrote it as the years progressed. It seems, therefore, that the poem was stolen by others and claimed as their own. How easy it is to lie on the Internet. 


  1. Great poem and one we, who are past 60, can empathise with. ;)

  2. cool poem...and cool that it was a progressive poem added to each year....sad though that people have stolen it from her to claim as their easy to do on the net...

  3. Brian, it makes me wonder how much of our stuff is 'stolen' on the net. I guess it's a chance we have to take.

    Pearl, the worrying thing is that I am almost keeping up with the author :O)

  4. AWESOME poem, Valerie!

    And how interesting to read about the journey you went through in coming in contact with the poem and then discovering its original author.

    I've often used poems or quotes from various authors, celebrities, etc. on my blog; just assuming it's true. But as you shared, you can never really be sure on the Internet because people will sometimes fib about it, alter it, or claim it as their own.

    That's the thing about the Internet...original works can be stolen so easily.

    Have a super Saturday, dear lady!


  5. Ron, it is sad that so many people choose to deceive. A blogging friend has had to resort to extreme measures to protect her work. It's enough to drive us away from the Net, but then we would lose the pleasure it gives us.

  6. Lovely poem and I feel just the same. All of a sudden, since I turned 60, there is just too much to do - too many books still to read, too many places to visit. It's daunting.

  7. Isn't that so true?? I love the poem though.

  8. The NET is a wonderful thing, but
    as with everything these days you have to be wary of complete trust... it is way too easy to manipulate the truth .

    Glad you finally got to the the real story.

  9. Oh, I just might have to ditto what others have said and leave it at that.

    But boy--it's so disturbing to me when others take credit for anothers work.


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