Gift of life

Some gifts are not forever

the gift of life is such

more like a loan

lifetime is set 

and with much regret 

an extension on this loan of life 

is not on offer

this space we fill for such a little time

as members of the human race

this life that’s given

does amaze with heart and soul

each life ablaze with personal DNA

yet a well-designed gift such as life 

is so sadly very frail

like Job I’ll tear my hair

and despair

a well loved present no one wants to return

yet return to sender we must 

and with heartbreaking 

weeping tears 

when this present of life leaves our grasp

we cling to memories and love for eternity

Andrew Ballard 



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