The Late Gift Poem by Martin Swords

Martin Swords

Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland

The Late Gift

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He had only one more gift to give,
the manner of his going.
He had only one short life to live,
and only now was knowing
it was shorter than he thought.
And yet….. the gift….
……..the gift of going
without having others wait
longer than they should.
Without clinging to a type of
life far beyond its good,
was a lesson only late learned.
“Die when you’re still alive”,
he thought, “when you can be
remembered laughing, not
as a weeping dribbling dimentiate.”
He hoped he could deliver.



Martin Swords July 2008

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Fay Slimm 05 November 2008

The fine rhyming reaches into the heart in this moving piece and here we have a beautiful take on the phrase - 'the gift of going'. Very soon the reader knows what that means in this excellent message of courageous intent right to the end.

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Ron Flowers 16 October 2008

A very nice poem and message. Ron

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Adeline Foster 01 October 2008

Deep, but clear and empathetic, at least one would hope it is empathetic and not of personal perusal. Well written. Adeline

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Martin Swords

Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland
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