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on becoming

Is it what you conceive in 
thought or deed... or what you 
perceive...that lasts in time?
Was it your idea... that became 
the seed when you were born?
And when will your blossoms 
bear their intended fruit?

Was a master plan in place for 
your belief to be discovered by 
mere chance...
or will it unfold for your dreams 
to behold... as a matter of 

And will a struggle permit 
to spin a weave of silver... 
then of gold...
for other's eyes to behold...
the sheer beauty of it all?

And who's purpose shall be 
fulfilled... ?
and who is watering thy tender 
And who's pain shall be 
endured... when a newly born 
becomes the flow of life?

And is thy mother's milk the 
budding of a rose... 
in the time of life?  
And is this on becoming for a 
father to part-take?

Where is thy seed that 
becomes a deed in the 
loneliness of life?
But in a prayer... that is tender 
care... for the thought of life.

And who will treasure it's 
budding... and water thy tender 
roots in time... and who will 
nurture... life itself?

And what about the man who 
had it all in time...
who sought the giver of life and 
became blessed... 
and then his seeds were tossed 
to the wind?

The Lord giveth and the Lord 
taketh away!
Blessed be the name of the 

Robert's Book of Poetry
August, 1991

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