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Archive for April 20th, 2007

I would like to dedicate the following poem to all the wonderful people God has sent my way in life who have blessed me, not with money or gifts, but by simply being who they are.   I have grown because of you and am a better person for it.   As the song goes, “There’s no precious oil or wealth that’s like the gift of just yourself”.  Thank you for the gift of you.

 

DON’T GIVE ME DIAMONDS ALTHOUGH I LOVE

THEIR SPARKLE AND THEIR HUE.

FRIEND, IF YOU WISH TO BESTOW A GIFT,

GIVE ME THE GIFT OF YOU.

DON’T GIVE ME SAPPHIRES ALTHOUGH I ESTEEM

THEIR DAZZLING SHADE OF BLUE.

LISTEN AND HEAR AND GIVE IF YOU PLEASE

THE WONDERFUL GIFT OF YOU!

DON’T BRING ME RUBIES ALTHOUGH I ADMIRE

THEIR DEEP UNDERTONES OF RED.

KEEP ALL YOUR JEWELS AND BRING TO ME

THE GIFT OF YOU INSTEAD.

THE ONLY TRUE GIFT IS THE GIFT OF YOU.

DIAMONDS AND RUBIES WILL NEVER DO.

THEY’RE JUST A WEAK APOLOGY,

FOR THE REAL GIFT THAT WAS MEANT TO BE.

HE GIVES NOTHING WHO GIVES NOT OF HIS HEART.

THOUGH HIS GIFT MAY APPEASE, IT CAN NEVER IMPART,

THE WARMTH THAT COMES FROM A HUMAN SOUL.

TIS FAR GREATER THAN ANY GEM I KNOW.

  

©1999 by Karen Mester

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