The day will come when my body
will lie upon a white sheet neatly
tucked under the four corners of a mattress
located in a hospital busily occupied
with the living and the dying.

At a certain moment
a doctor will determine
that my brain has ceased to function
and that, for all intents and purposes,
my life has stopped.

When that happens,
do not attempt to instill artificial life
into my body by the use of a machine.
And don't call this my deathbed.

Let it be called the Bed of Life,
and let my body be taken from it
to help others lead fuller lives.

Give my sight to the man who
has never seen a sunrise,
a baby's face or
love in the eyes of a woman.

Give my heart to a person
whose own heart has caused
nothing but endless days of pain.

Give my blood to the teenager
who was pulled from the
wreckage of his car,
so that he might live to see
his grandchildren play.

Give my kidneys to one
who depends on a machine
to exist from week to week.

Take my bones, every muscle,
every fiber and nerve in my body
and find a way to make a
crippled child walk.

Explore every corner of my brain.
Take my cells, if necessary,
and let them grow so that someday,
a speechless boy will shout
at the crack of a bat
and a deaf girl will hear the sound
of rain against her window.

Burn what is left of me and
scatter the ashes to the winds
to help the flowers grow.

If you must bury something,
let it be my faults,
my weaknesses
and all prejudice
against my fellow man.

Give my sins to the devil.
Give my soul to God.

If, by chance,
you wish to remember me,
do it with a kind deed or word
to someone who needs you.

If you do all I have asked,
I will live forever.

By Robert N. Test

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