Treasure Island

Greg Costello

(05/04/1970 / Dublin, Rep. of Ireland)

Give Or Take


Do you reckon yourself to be either,
A giver or taker by breed,
It's a falsehood to say that you're neither,
Should people be defined by deed.

Do you take others feelings for granted? ,
And give a deaf ear to what's said,
Neglecting to take heed of what's wanted,
Giving a cold shoulder instead.

Would you call yourself one who takes pity? ,
And gives support when so required,
Do you take pause from life's nitty-gritty? ,
Give help when the need has expired.

Are you one to take pride in your children? ,
And give them a platform to grow,
Or instead take control and just will them,
Give in to your manifesto.

Do you take backward steps from embraces? ,
Won't give to your masculine pride,
Take solace from freshly hugged faces,
Give way to your nurturing side.

Do you take steps that offer up freedom? ,
That give way to journeys unplanned,
Do you take fleeting moments and seize them? ,
Give meaning to Time's grains of sand.

Are you one to take lunch breaks mid-morning? ,
To give your employer the slip,
And take 'sickies' without prior warning,
Give in to the slightest nose drip.

Giving and taking are choices,
It's knowing which verb to apply,
Blatantly this poem's advice is,
If the balance is wrong - question why?

Submitted: Monday, July 30, 2012
Edited: Saturday, April 05, 2014

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