Sunday, September 9, 2012

It's Better to Give And to Receive


This poem naturally follows after the "Phases of Love" poem because it also portrays stages of life.
It’s Better to Give And to Receive
By Janet Sobczyk, 2011

Monica's birthday 2007

Most children
get used to receiving a lot.
They are happy to receive
time and love
food and shelter
gifts of toys.
They need to learn to share,
 take turns, and to lose a game
with their friends and family.
So parents teach them how to give.
 
Most parents
get used to giving a lot.
They are happy to give
their time
their money
their talents
to their families and neighbors,
schools and communities.
They give until
it becomes hard to receive.

Grandparents
have given their all.
They may see their
savings dwindle
energy sag
memory fade.
Then they need help
from family and neighbors,
AARP and Medicare.
So life reminds them how to receive.

Jana, Grandma, and Monica - Christmas 2008

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