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Give and Take


The give and take in love should reach a mean
whereby the two be equally disbursed,
so givers' hearts would never suffer lean,
cold hungry hours without love reimbursed.

And those who take would never reach the stage
of ravenous and selfish, one-way traits.
Such balance would create a better age,
if give and take maintained their equal weights.

But somehow this could never balance out,
for givers give beyond the gifts they bear;
in turn, must feed on crumbs, for without doubt;
the hungry takers take beyond their share.

While takers tip the scale with all they gain,
the givers, weak and thin, smile through their pain.


Sandra M. Haight

~7th Place~
Premiere Contest: Any HM Ever
Sponsor: Laura Loo
Judged: 01/22/2017

~ Honorable Mention~
Contest: Love Justice
Sponsor: Justin Bordner
Judged: 01/24/2015

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Date: 1/25/2017 5:10:00 AM
A wonderful piece..... Congrats Sandra, for your placement in the contest!!! ;-)
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Date: 1/23/2017 1:41:00 PM
You have just described my doomed marriage Sandra, and reminded me of my blessed release. Thank you and congratulations on your place in the contest.
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Date: 1/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
Wonderful write, Sandra, congratulations on your win Hugs
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Date: 1/22/2017 4:52:00 PM
if only there was no pain to have to smile through...beautifully written sweet Sandra :) thank you and congrats :)-luloo
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Date: 4/29/2015 8:01:00 AM
Sandra, your poem is a realistic, touching analysis of why so many relationships and marriages are made unhappy by selfishness. You skillfully communicate that message in exemplary poetic form, a remarkable achievement. Thank you for sharing it.
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Date: 2/15/2015 2:30:00 PM
Sandra, this is a brilliant write... I see it was hm in a contest?.?.. A winner for me, my friend.. Hugs.. Arlene
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Date: 2/18/2015 9:43:00 AM
Thank you, Arlene. I appreciate your encouraging comment. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 2/7/2015 12:11:00 AM
Sandra.. Congratulations for your Honorable Mention in the tightly judged, "Love Justice" contest!
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Date: 2/8/2015 6:54:00 PM
Thank you, Dave. I appreciate your comment and congrats. Sandra
Date: 2/1/2015 1:51:00 PM
SANDRA, CONGRATULATIONS on your Love and Justice win *ALWAYS* SKAT
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Date: 1/26/2015 1:36:00 PM
Oh Sandra...this is an exceptional write. So beautiful worded and so...lyrical. It is truly fantastic. I am a giver...and I can so relate to all you have written here. It is hard to change, even when you know you should. So glad I read this...Bless you.
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/27/2015 5:04:00 PM
Hi Eileen, so nice of you to stop by with your lovely and positive comment. So happy you too can relate to my poem...I say it's better to be a giver even though we sometimes must "smile through our pain!" Thanks so much, hugs, Sandra
Date: 1/25/2015 12:12:00 AM
Sandra,, always pleased to read every entry on any contest list. Congratulations on your HM. Luv ~SKAT~
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Date: 1/27/2015 5:05:00 PM
Thank you, Skat. So nice of you to stop by with your congratulations. Sandra
Date: 1/18/2015 10:48:00 PM
Oh my Sandra, this poem is a winner for me. You not only hit the nail on the head but you did it in perfect lyrical rhyme. Brava! Applause!#7 I can tell you are a giver. I was too. Now I am married to a giver who I have to find inventive ways to give to. LOL. But Vive la difference!
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Date: 1/19/2015 6:58:00 PM
Connie, thank you so much for your encouraging comment and support. Yes, I am a giver, and thankfully my hubby of 56 years is also. However, there are some we know who are not. Glad to hear you're blessed too! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 1/17/2015 2:50:00 PM
This is so lovely, Sandra. Reading the first 8 lines had already convinced me to hand you a top7 rating....by the end I went a step further and added a fav. That final couplet tipped the scales in your favour! Take care:) // paul
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/18/2015 7:01:00 PM
Paul, I always appreciate your encouraging comments and support with rating, etc. Thank you so much! Sandra
Date: 1/16/2015 6:22:00 PM
a most wise write Sandra kudos hugs
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Date: 1/18/2015 7:02:00 PM
Thank you, Shadow, for stopping by with your positive comment. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 1/15/2015 4:49:00 PM
Too bad you cannot hear me clapping. I will have to fave this one.
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Date: 1/15/2015 8:40:00 PM
Thank you, Isaiah, for your encouraging comment and support. I really appreciate it. Sandra
Date: 1/15/2015 12:31:00 PM
- Really well written, Sandra !!! - Luck in contest - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 1/15/2015 4:01:00 PM
Thank you so much, Anne-Lise. I appreciate your nice comment and best wishes for the contest. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 1/15/2015 10:41:00 AM
Evocative of a great message. Well done Sandra. God bless.Rajat
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Sandra Haight
Date: 1/15/2015 4:01:00 PM
Rajat, thank you so much for stopping by with your nice comment. Sandra