Life is happening to me and those I love, as well as friends, and acquaintances, maybe that's why I'm thinkin deep.
My deep thinkin, has brought me to deeper, contemplations, about life.
To reflect on the things I've been given...
You have given me riches and ease,
You have given me joys through the years,
I have sat in the shade of your trees,
With the song of your birds in my ears.
I have drunk of your bountiful wine
And done as I've chosen to do,
'How little have I done for you!
You have given me safe harbor from harm,
Untroubled I've slept through the nights
And have waked to the new morning's charm
And claimed as my own its delights.
I have taken the finest of fine
From your orchards and fields where it grew,
How little I've given to you!
You have given me a home and a place
Where in safety my babies may play;
Health blooms on each bright dimpled face
And laughter is theirs every day.
You have guarded from danger the shrine
Where I worship when toiling is through,
How little have I done for you!
I have taken your gifts without thought,
I have revelled in joys that you gave,
That I see now with blood had been bought,
The blood of your earlier braves.
I have lived without conspicuous signs
That the source of my riches I knew,
I'm here to do something for you!
Edgar A. Guest
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Smile and Remember;
We're fool's whether we dance or not. So we might as well dance.