The Life That I Have

August 1, 2010 by  
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The below poem was read at Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky’s wedding last night.  I wanted to share it with you.  I feel its depth, love and longing.

The Life That I Have

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

Leo Marks, composed the poem in 1943 in memory of his girlfriend Ruth, who had died in a plane crash in Canada.

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2 Responses to “The Life That I Have”
  1. Adie says:

    Beautiful poem, D, and thank you for sharing it. It was used at the end of the movie “Carve Her name With Pride” about the British SOE operative Violette Szabo, and my Daddy used to recite it when I was a little girl. It’s rather an emotional experience reading it here. Thank you :)