Treasure Island

Leo Marks

(24 September 1920 – 15 January 2001 / London)

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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/18/2014 4:55:00 PM)

    .................this is true love written so nicely....there is no greater love, than to give your life for someone... (Report) Reply

  • Karan Wilson (1/2/2013 5:58:00 PM)

    This poem is very special to me as it depicts love both during and after life. Eternal love (Report) Reply

  • Wabi Sabi (12/6/2012 4:50:00 AM)

    if this is the life I have, my best is yet to come, sad to say. but I need to believe that.. (Report) Reply

  • Ray Chenery (7/17/2012 3:18:00 PM)

    Remember the very first time I hears this and it will stay with me forever. Simple yet stunning (Report) Reply

  • Ian Lumbard (12/15/2008 6:37:00 AM)

    This poem was first 'read' to me by a girl, Poppy who became so very very special to me. It moved us so much it became 'our' poem. The background to it so moving, the sentiment so strong it's overpowering. The words have to be set to memory. ISL (Report) Reply

  • Neil Rogan (6/29/2008 6:06:00 AM)

    I have loved this Poem since i first heard it, 'Carve her name with pride' it became more relevant when i joined the army. (Report) Reply

  • Roy Dorward (11/14/2006 4:36:00 AM)

    I have to admit that I am not a poetry aficionado, more of a philistine really,
    but this poem really moved me in a way that no other has (Report) Reply

  • Michael Gale (11/7/2006 9:45:00 PM)

    A great leap of faith in love and it's likened ilk and kin.
    Great grasping words reach out toward's the reader wanting to grab at one and all readers attention. An easy ten. God bless all poets-MJG. (Report) Reply

  • Roddy Gye (4/15/2005 10:53:00 AM)

    What makes this poem particularly poignant is that it was written for a girlfriend killed in an air crash, but became widely known because he used it as key for a secret code for an SOE agent, Violette Szabo, going on an almost suicidal mission during WWII. Marks worked for the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) which ran agents in enemy territory. (Report) Reply

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