Arti Chopra (16 Nov 1953 / Jammu)
WHAT GIFT DO I GIVE?
When the question arises
what gift do I give?
to those who I love,
to those who I cherish,
I want my gift to last,
to be valued and used,
not forgotten or perish.
to a friend gift LOYALTY
it will weather over the years,
it will be shared in happy times,
it will be sought in times of fears.
to parents gift DEVOTION
they tended you while you grew,
they now need your support,
like a flower needs sunshine and dew.
to a mate gift unflinching LOVE
and faithfulness steady and true,
and you will get back loyalty,
and love that is your due.
to a child gift an EXAMPLE
of values that lead him right
principles that mould character
and make him honest and upright
to a sister gift SUPPORT
around childhood memories
that bound you fast,
gift ties.that only strengthen with time.
and love that will always last.
to a brother gift RESPECT
that he values and lives up to,
he'll be your guardian in times of need
someone to look up to.
such gifts have limitless value
they will stay a lifetime and more,
they will fashion a person from inside out,
and purify the very core.
Material things have limited life,
they will be forgotten or wither away,
but these precious gifts will shine so bright,
like a lighthouse which
lost ships....the way
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