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

  • Linda Mew (3/19/2016 4:56:00 PM)

    I would like this lovely poem to be read at my funeral (Report) Reply

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  • Jean Jacobs (3/10/2016 11:22:00 AM)

    Having nearly lost my darling husband to s devastating stroke - I was searching for something meaningful to say at a small party of family and friends - here want to give thanks to all those who supported us and we will renew our marriage vows. Remembered this poem from many decades ago and these beautiful words will just mean so much (Report) Reply

  • Indira Rice Donegan (1/18/2016 8:00:00 PM)

    There is something to be said about those moments in which one can seem to know the future thanks to the richness of love they feel around them, and for someone. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (1/18/2016 5:49:00 PM)

    Beautiful! So impressive in its simplicity and choice of words for expressing the highest emotion of love. (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (1/18/2016 1:35:00 PM)

    there could be something so beautiful
    behind those lines that I don't seem
    to understand.... (Report) Reply

  • Mysia Hayling Mysia Hayling (1/18/2016 10:11:00 AM)

    very soothing, drift into reality and very powerful meaningful poem. love it. (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (1/18/2016 9:43:00 AM)

    A superb poem linking love with eternity. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (1/18/2016 3:37:00 AM)

    Yours! Mine; however, death is part of us. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (1/18/2016 3:34:00 AM)

    How a single poem arising out of the intense love for someone so close to one's heart even after this life, can be ascertained from the popularity and simplicity of this poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/18/2016 2:45:00 AM)

    Completely in love, nice poem, All that we have is not ours it is for others, the more we share the more enjoyment we get is the core message.10 (Report) Reply

  • Harry Stacey (11/6/2015 5:40:00 AM)

    In this brief period we exist on earth we may be lucky enough to share the time with someone for whom you would gladly give your life for. I lost such a person to cancer, i shared 29 years and 4 months with her, i would swop places this instant but then would she not have to bear this unbearable pain. Harold the sad bear. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (6/18/2014 4:55:00 PM)

    .................this is true love written so nicely....there is no greater love, than to give your life for someone... (Report) Reply

  • David Mitchell (6/13/2013 2:58:00 AM)

    This is my all time favourite poem, the words are beautiful and mean so much to me (Report) Reply

  • Karan Wilson (1/2/2013 5:58:00 PM)

    This poem is very special to me as it depicts love both during and after life. Eternal love (Report) Reply

  • Wabi Sabi Wabi Sabi (12/6/2012 4:50:00 AM)

    if this is the life I have, my best is yet to come, sad to say. but I need to believe that.. (Report) Reply

  • Akanksha Bhatt Akanksha Bhatt (10/1/2012 10:59:00 AM)

    really touching for me! great (Report) Reply

  • Ray Chenery (7/17/2012 3:18:00 PM)

    Remember the very first time I hears this and it will stay with me forever. Simple yet stunning (Report) Reply

  • Fay Thompson (6/25/2009 4:54:00 PM)

    I love the rhythm of this poem. Have you noticed it's like a heartbeat? (Report) Reply

  • Ian Lumbard (12/15/2008 6:37:00 AM)

    This poem was first 'read' to me by a girl, Poppy who became so very very special to me. It moved us so much it became 'our' poem. The background to it so moving, the sentiment so strong it's overpowering. The words have to be set to memory. ISL (Report) Reply

  • David Bennett (11/21/2008 4:42:00 AM)

    My absolute favourite poem ever beautiful always loved it (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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