Thomas Kidd’s reflective “My Life”

In his philosophical sonnet “My Life,” Richmond pioneer Thomas Kidd reflects on his place in the cosmic ecosystem. What is most important to him in the way his consciousness may carry on after Death stops his vital force? He answers with his typical sincerity, sharing what he sees as the most important enduring quality.

My Life
by Thomas Kidd, 1846–1930

Thomas Kidd of Richmond, BC, 1846-1930Great Cause of all, from whom I have my life,
The conscious life to wonder at its source
And wonder why the care and pain and strife
With hope and love are woven in its course
And why Death comes to stop that vital force,
These are Thy mysteries that man may not know.
Unasked I am within this universe,
A conscious part to see life come and go,
To know its pleasures and to feel its pains,
A slave to circumstance, though feeling free.
If, after death, our consciousness remains
With memories of this life, I hope ’twill be
One of forgiveness—I ask no greater heaven
Than power to Forgive and be Forgiven.

This article is part of a Thomas Kidd series on the Richmond’s Garden City Conservation blog. The core article isAn open letter to Thomas Kidd (1846–1930).”

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