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Below is the poem entitled HAVE SEEN IT ALL. which was written by poet melvin beckley. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I have seen enough blood
To appreciate peace
I have seen enough human loss
To appreciate life

I have seen enough trouble 
To appreciate calm
I have tasted raw hate
To appreciate love

I have heard so many curses
To appreciate blessings
I have heard so many woes 
To appreciate appreciation

I have tasted enough bitterness
To appreciate sweetness
I have seen enough frowns
To appreciate smiles

I have heard many condemnations 
To appreciate praises
I have been pushed too far
To appreciate hugs

I have been in the darkness too long
To appreciate light
I have been in the cold too long
To appreciate warmth

I have been afraid too long
To appreciate confidence
I have lost so much 
To appreciate winning

I have heard so much noise
To appreciate quiet
I have left myself behind too long
To appreciate loving myself


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  1. Date: 4/6/2009 8:02:00 PM
    Melvin, the feelings you express so tenderly in this poem are probably common among most soldiers. As for your last verse, you will surely find a way to love yourself again. Loved this poem! Carolyn