Leo Marks

(24 September 1920 – 15 January 2001 / London)

The Life That I Have - Poem by Leo Marks

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.


Comments about The Life That I Have by Leo Marks

  • (10/6/2018 8:43:00 AM)


    I remember this poem from the film Carve Her Name With Pride staring Viginia McKenna a. True story made in 1958 about a woman soldier held prisoner and tortured and died in WW2 by Nazis in concentration camp. It was Heart Breaking and I need forgot this poem from that film (Report) Reply

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  • (10/6/2018 8:21:00 AM)


    What a passionate wonderfully poem (Report) Reply

  • (10/1/2018 6:41:00 AM)


    i like this poem beacause teach us about there life how life is (Report) Reply

  • (9/17/2018 3:47:00 PM)


    My son read this at my Mothers funeral.... She dedicated her life to us - her life was ours and ours and ours. I totally respect the heritage of the poem, but it also reasonates so very very much at a common level. Such beautiful words, thank you X x (Report) Reply

  • (8/25/2018 3:03:00 PM)


    What a beautiful poem, but what a heart breaking story! (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2018 2:32:00 AM)


    I copied this poem out (Report) Reply

  • (8/5/2018 12:37:00 AM)


    One of the few poems l know by heart. Moving and loving. A celebration of life and what is to come. (Report) Reply

  • (7/29/2018 8:53:00 AM)


    One of the best poems i have ever read. (Report) Reply

  • (7/25/2018 10:03:00 AM)


    how many people understand that this poem was sending a young lady to die after torture by the gestapo (Report) Reply

    (9/28/2018 8:07:00 AM)

    Unfortunately Violet was having trouble learning her given 'code words' for what became her last assignment. Leo Marks suggested she use this poem he had written for his late fiancee Heartbreaking

  • (7/20/2018 2:44:00 PM)


    I read this beautiful poem at the funeral of my brother in 2011 (Report) Reply

  • (7/15/2018 4:07:00 AM)


    Such beauty in a few words (Report) Reply

  • (7/13/2018 5:51:00 PM)


    Beautiful passionate moving. A wonderful poem. Unforgetable (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2018 10:05:00 PM)


    What a lovely poem with such passion,philosophy Brilliant The last three lines ..Poetic essence (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (6/19/2018 4:30:00 PM)


    A well done hymn, sounds great (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (6/19/2018 4:29:00 PM)


    What a gentle and at the same time passionate love poem. Absolutely spot on with its repetition and its simplicity! (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2018 3:55:00 PM)


    says it all - death will be but a pause - (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (6/19/2018 10:34:00 AM)


    Wow! Beautiful poem, .... I like it (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (6/19/2018 8:20:00 AM)


    Wow! What a hearty way to express a candid love. Congrats for the positioning. Thanks for sharing. X (Report) Reply

  • Rini Shibu (6/19/2018 8:06:00 AM)


    Wonderful poem Leo..congratulations (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (6/19/2018 3:57:00 AM)


    You or I
    or we
    or this earth
    or everything is entangled one with another for only love...
    (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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