A Litany for the Living

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Name those you love who are not dead,

Speak their names aloud in your head;

Weigh them up, one at a time, give them

A value in words that rhyme. Toast them

With your eyes and toast them in your heart.

Express what they mean to you in action and art.

Share their troubles, be steadfast and true,

Tell them exactly how much they mean to you.

 Contemplate their rocky road to here from birth

And show them what their friendship is worth.

 

 

 

◄ Sketches in a minor key

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John Marks

Fri 10th May 2019 18:47

Thank you mona, Wolfgar, Keith and Jane. Your continuing and generous support means a lot to me. The poem embodies an aspiration that I strive for and, just occasionally, achieve! John 😎

David. Visual artists, like musicians, have, I think, the rub on us weary wordsmiths, especially when it comes to conveying something of the mystery of life.

mona s

Thu 9th May 2019 13:50

A beautiful poem.. Weaving how important the loved ones are and how one must cherish them always...

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 9th May 2019 10:52

Lovely words John worth the heeding.

Sometimes we are guilty of not remembering the living, I know I have been.

David.

PS, Just to say I always read your work but was initially drawn to this piece because I recognised the Millais painting. I saw it recently at "The Tate" the power of advertising manifest.

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keith jeffries

Thu 9th May 2019 06:55

John,

An exceptionally good poem which I was able to relate to. I have a small coterie of loving and faithful friends who I value enormously. Your poem spoke of them and my relationship with them.

Thank you indeed for this

Keith

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Thu 9th May 2019 04:04

Heartwarming words...a must read! I thoroughly enjoyed it.😊

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