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When a Gift Is Expected

When a Gift Is Expected

By Elton Camp

Because of the increasing level of greed
To give gifts, we’re made to feel the need

Some outrageously even go so far as to try
To tell us where and what we should buy

Graduations, weddings, showers, house warning
Demands on our resources becomes alarming

To hint strongly for cash some have the gall
And we are expected to give to one and all

For those who celebrate all of the holidays
Many occasions for gift giving that’ll raise

Suze Orman gives advice that I find very wise
Though gift-seekers most likely will despise

We are under no obligation to give a gift at all
If our finances demand, present one very small


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  1. Date: 3/19/2013 12:59:00 PM

    Amen...just being together should be gift enough.