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To have but not to hold

I cannot offer a gift for you to hold,
no millefiori paperweight of brightly coloured glasses,
or fancy timepiece cast from golds of yellow and white,
for it could never rest, smooth and heavy, within your open hands,
or sit proudly marking time upon your sun-tanned wrist,
fated instead to be cast aside in guilty haste;
a bittersweet secret buried beneath time’s fallen sands.

Born of heartfelt words,
that need not be brandished or worn outwardly,
neither be hidden away in a dark and airless closet,
my gift to you lies deep within my own heart,
remaining without exception,
promising love, support and friendship always.

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  1. Date: 7/8/2010 6:57:00 AM

    Congratulations Sharon on your win in Joe Flach's contest "A Poem That Doesn't Rhyme". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 12:53:00 PM

    The best gift one can give...is friendship. A lovely poem, a lovely thought. Nicely written, and beautiful with sentiment! Congratulations, Sharon. ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 11:16:00 AM

    What an uplifting poem. Nice use of imagery. Congratulations on your win in Joe's contest. Keep up the good writing! Karen

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 10:49:00 AM

    What a lovely gift. congratulationa on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 10:31:00 AM

    Congrats on your HM. I am down here with you, but I am reading so many wonderful poems, they all deserved to win and I am glad I did not judge this contest! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/4/2010 11:47:00 AM

    What incredible treasures to offer, you will be deluged with friendship on the Soup Sharon >> James

  1. Date: 7/4/2010 6:09:00 AM

    Great gift to offer someone...Enjoyed the reading of your work..Sara

  1. Date: 7/3/2010 11:43:00 PM

    An exeptional title for an exceptional poem, Sharon. I fully expect to see this in the winner circle. (do make sure it is entered, PLEASE) Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/3/2010 8:45:00 PM

    well written, enjoyed reading today!

  1. Date: 7/3/2010 7:07:00 PM

    Well penned thoughts on passionate yearning of the heart, Sharon

  1. Date: 7/3/2010 4:10:00 PM

    Lovely Sharon.. enjoyed a wonderful creative write from your gifted pen.. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii..AlohA..

  1. Date: 7/3/2010 2:08:00 PM

    Dear Sharon, the gift within your heart means far more than any other. Beautifully written poem and I can appreciate this message. Have a wonderful weekend! Love, Carolyn