Greatest Treasure (Gift) - Poem by Leslie Alexis
Seven silver barrels were placed before me
Seven with many, seven with plenty.
Seven silver barrels given for me to choose
Seven with many, but with six to lose.
In the first three were the best riches ever seen;
Kingdoms, wealth; crowns of a king and queen.
Four, five and six had that and many more:
Women, satisfaction, and pleasures galore!
Last was the seventh; it had all I could ask.
I found carrying love was the seventh’s task;
And in it I found kindness, patience and virtue,
forgiveness, trust, and tolerance too.
In the seventh I found a golden key.
It unlocked the fullness of all seven to me.
The treasure of which was faith in God above.
The only way to know everlasting love.
I took the seventh; of my choice I was sure,
And I walked away with joy evermore.
Its wealth I found was replenished by caring;
By always my brothers burden bearing.
By loving all my neighbors as I do myself;
By putting none before the giver himself.
Seven's source was found to be God above.
I was not surprised; His greatest gift is love.
Copyright © 2009 Leslie Alexis
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