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The Gift Of Life

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graham
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0 posted 08-12-99 04:43 PM       View Profile for graham   Email graham   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for graham

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Gift Of Life
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I gave for a cause
I was glad I could give
my money and clothes
so that others might live
My donation was borne
of a will to ease strife
but I never gave
the gift of life

I gave up my time
I was glad to be there
for the sake of the needy
I'd plenty to spare
But the thing that hurts most
that cuts like a knife
is that I never gave
the gift of life

I gave up my freedom
and opened my heart
for better, for worse
'til death do us part
But I can't tell my children
they're the gift for my wife
that I never gave
the gift of life
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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I always wanted an edible canoe
but you can't have your kayak and eat it too!
© Copyright 1999 graham - All Rights Reserved
elvira
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1 posted 08-12-99 04:59 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

being childless by choice, i can't relate, but i enjoyed reading your poem, graham
JP
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Personally I'm glad that is a gift I cannot give - nine months of that and then the pain... No thanks. The Gods made women so I wouldn't have to do that.

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Dum spiro, spero
JP

Seymour Tabin
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3 posted 08-12-99 06:25 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

A poignant poem, well done.
RainbowGirl
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4 posted 08-12-99 06:27 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Wow!...I'd give anything to give that same gift...

Hugs

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.


WhtDove
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5 posted 08-12-99 07:14 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Well written. The "gift" may be difficult but oh, so well worth it!
Andrew Scott
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Got two daughter of my own, so I can relate to some degree although not fully agree... for they wouldn't be here if it weren't for both of us.
redwriter1
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7 posted 08-12-99 08:26 PM       View Profile for redwriter1   Email redwriter1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for redwriter1

I think sometimes we feel a sense of loss over something.. even if we've never had it.

That's the way this poem makes me feel.

and , it's funny, we seem to miss "those" things.. the most..

very touching..
just remember (it's never too late)..
CARPE DIEM.!... (hope i spelled that right)

Poet deVine
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8 posted 08-12-99 08:35 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Graham, I like your style! This poem is very good with an excellent message.
redwriter1
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9 posted 08-13-99 12:10 AM       View Profile for redwriter1   Email redwriter1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for redwriter1

wait! wait!.. I need another frame!!

I have thought about it for a few hours now.. and ..was just thinking.
Something sounded wrong..

I'm so used to hearing the line.. a gift my wife "gave me"..

But here.. you said.. a gift you would like to give her.... WOW..

Never even considered it in "those" terms before.. but sure makes me think.
(err I think that's what poetry is supposed to do, isn't it?)

clap clap clap clap.. take a bow..(smile)
Tara Simms
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10 posted 08-13-99 12:23 AM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

Graham, that was beautiful. my heart feels your pain. i have two children and will always love my soon to be ex husband dearly for these gifts he's given to me. but my soul will always grieve for the babies i'll never rock again.
Terri
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11 posted 08-13-99 12:51 AM       View Profile for Terri   Email Terri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Terri

Graham, maybe you can't give the gift of life but you CAN give the gift of love. What good is life without love? The poem is beautiful...thanks for sharing!
graham
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12 posted 08-13-99 08:25 AM       View Profile for graham   Email graham   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for graham

Hmm...mixed reactions prompted by this one.
That's interesting.

I was merely lamenting not having children,
and I see this as a gift I never gave,
though, like many gifts, I also miss the pleasure of giving...selfish, but true!

As for giving love?.....I do my best (grin).
suthern
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13 posted 08-13-99 08:33 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I've never given life... wanted to, didn't happen... and for a long time, I didn't accept my fate graciously. *S* But now I truly believe I've made a difference for the better in some lives... and that's more than some can say who've given birth. A fairly obvious coping mechanism... but a real attitude adjuster, none the less.
redwriter1
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14 posted 08-14-99 12:24 AM       View Profile for redwriter1   Email redwriter1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for redwriter1

still amazes me how we think the gift of life is something a woman gives to a child..

Never thought of it.. as a gift a man gives his wife.. but..

I've just been enlightened....

and so grateful to learn something more about the human nature.. of man...

warms the soul.. and my mind..

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Kay-lynn
**A dream is a wish your heart makes :)

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