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The Life That I Have (just a great Poem)

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

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This is to me one of the most memorable poems I have heard, the history is below, and the film is a have to see one, though it was made many years ago "Carve Her Name with Pride" Is a 1958 British drama film based on the book of the same name by R.J. Minney. Set during World War II, the film is based on the true story of the heroism of Special Operations Executive agent " Violette Szabo", with Virginia McKenna in the lead role. The film includes the reading of the poem The Life That I Have, written by Leo Marks and given to Szabo as she left for a mission in Nazi-occupied France. It goes without say that it is a tear jerker but the poem rings with such a love, which in the film was directed at the daughter she had left behind to go on a mission into occupied France.... Just an addition to great poems... Yours Ian.T
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I haven't seen the movie but I will certainly look for it I love old movies
I will go through this sometime this week for the workshop

I love the poem

Love Jc xxx

("Always and Forever") - (Never lose a holy curiosity.-Albert Einstein)

Thank you for your visit, the film is in Black and white I think the last time I saw it was last year it is a tearful one for big softies like me lol.
Take it easy young lady, I love your other poem and will get back to it today sometime as it is a beaut, Yours as always Ian x

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I have seen the movie, and it was a very fitting piece, if there was such a poem for what these brave women did.
Regards Roscoe..

Roscoe Llane,

Religion will rip your faith off, and return
for the mask of disbelief that's left.

Thank you, for your visit this was originally for the workshop but I should have put one of our own poets forward as a great piece..
I have now put Jesse's poem forward for that workshop.
I always remember this in bits but the overall feeling of love always comes through
"The Life That I Have" was an original poem composed on Christmas Eve 1943 and was originally written by Marks in memory of his girlfriend Ruth, who had just died in a plane crash in Canada, On 24 March 1944, the poem was issued by Marks to Violette Szabo, a French agent of Special Operations Executive who was eventually captured, tortured and killed by the Nazis.
Thanks again, Yours Ian.T

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This is certainly a memorable poem,
it both rolls of the tongue well and stirs the feelings,
I too will say it is great Ian.

Love Ann.

"The image of yourself which you see in a mirror Is dead,
but the reflection of the moon on water, lives." Kenzan.

This is so much like the words that Stan had at the end of his poem

The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep

Will be yours and yours and yours.

A promise given to the soul that as things are held close, and have so much meaning they become eternal, no matter what they are talking about.
They seem to take a part of the reader and hold it close, and fit each reader as a piece of puzzle..
Thanks for your read and reply, Yours as always Ian.T

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It is beautifully written. I shall look up Leo Marks

I think I must have seen the film back in the 1960's I was in the Royal Air Force then and it was a time of restoring sanity to the world and when films of heroism came to the screen's of the cinema.
It had a great impression on my thoughts at that time, I met many people around those times in the 1950's Gadys Aylward came to our school not sure how to spell her name, but the film of her life was made around 1958.
"The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" a most memorable person she was such a tiny lady..
Then later in the 1960's I use to help Barnes Wallace prepare the room for his lectures at R.A.F. Manby in Lincolnshire the man that designed the Dam busters bomb, He also was such a tiny man, when I saw the film they made of it , I had to smile because they used an actor that was six feet if an inch.
Still these are all other stories from the memory Bank lol.
Thanks again for calling in to see us here, Yours Ian.T

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And like the old fashioned films,
moved by their rousing music into a kind of trance-like lethargy
mixed with vivaciousness
one spins on into the forever
on the end of the rope into paradise.

Euphoric feeling sometimes I remember,
going to the cinema was so exciting,
we even dressed up for the occasion!

I see what you mean Ian,
love Ann.

"The image of yourself which you see in a mirror Is dead,
but the reflection of the moon on water, lives." Kenzan.

Very different but meaningful...u can feel the excitement anf love in the words

Keep Writing,
Carrie

"Quoth said the Raven, NEVERMORE"

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