Have I done any good?

Have I done any good?

By Austin Jepsongood samaritan

May 5, 2019


When the sun starts to set,

There is time to reflect.

Have I done any good

This day?


I ask Father God,

Have I held to the rod?

Have I lifted a cross

By the way?


I tried to do right,

But was it too light?

Did I pass by the man

As he lie?


Broken body and mind,

Was it I who was kind?

Or was I like the priest

Who walked by?


Wilt thou teach me, dear Lord,

To follow the word,

And to love those around me

In need?


That when Thou shalt come

Or my life is done,

My faith will reflect

In my deeds.

About author

Austin Jepson

I am a non-verbal boy with autism. I was adopted by the Jepsons at age seven. Prior to that, I lived in foster care for 2 years. My original family could not take very proper care of me and I was taken from their home. My memories of them are still alive, though, and I love them, even though they had problems. My life now is better. My mom and dad love me and so do my brothers. I am lucky for that. As I am planning on going to college some day, writing in this blog is great practice. I hope you like it. Maybe you will learn something about autism. I hope so.

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    LaNae Maria STOUT says

    Beautiful poem!!!

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    Kathy Farley says

    That is beautiful. May I print it out and keep it for all to see? Austin, I had the good fortune to work with your Dad and he is a wonderful person, as I am sure is your Mom. Keep up the great writing! Kathy

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      Bryan Jepson says

      Hi Kathy, of course you can print it. Miss you!

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    Diane says

    That was lovely and so appreciate the love you have provided the boys. You and Laurie are truly amazing people

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      Bryan Jepson says

      Thanks Diane! We love being your neighbor

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    Melanie Walthall says

    I love this Austin. And I love you too! Keep writing!!

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    Marie says

    Sometimes just when you are so discouraged, a little glimmer of light and love comes. I have always been so amazed at the focus and care you have given those boys. I am honored to have you in our family.

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    Bonita Klingler says

    This is pretty deep. We all need to remember these thoughts and do better in our lives. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jana Jepson says

    This is so beautiful, keep in shining your light!

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    Bill Rogers (uncle Bill) says

    Austin, this one of THE MOST POWERFUL poems I have ever read. It brought tears of joy to my eyes. I hope you know that there is a plan for your life and it is to bring this kind of joy and hope to others. Please… keep bringing it!

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    Lori Wood says

    I love this Austin. Your poerty makes me think and feel deeply. You are making a valuable contribution to my life.

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    Susan Jackson says

    Thank you Austin! Your poem is so meaningful, inspirational, and lovely. I strive to live this way and you have done great good by offering us your poem and inspiring us not just today but for always. <3

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    Sherry Adamson says

    Austin you have such a gift for writing!! Keep writing! You made me think much deeper! You also made me cry!

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    Kit Mason says

    Austin, this is so beautiful and as I read it, I pictured many specific moments in my day today. I needed this and I’m grateful to you for sharing these beautiful thoughts. Keep it coming!
    Love, Kit

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    Marilia Aguilar says

    What a beautiful poem, Austin! Your words are full of love and truth… Thank you so much for those inspiring powerful words! From your fan from Brazil

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    Sue Coles says

    Wonderful poem! I wish there were a whole lot more people in the world with a beautiful soul like yours. Thank you!

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