Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Love With Which It's Given

Written for:

Verse First - The Ordinary
Write about something quite ordinary. In the words of Natalie Goldberg, "Give homage to old coffee cups, sparrows, city buses, thin ham sandwiches."

Poetry Jam - The Last
Use any meaning of last, the final, the most recent, or keeping something going. I am sure there are some other uses of the word "last,"  so go where you will with it. And just for fun lets say it in 20 lines or less. 

my little mug given with love by my daughter on my birthday


My ordinary little mug
Sits on the kitchen bench
By my ordinary electric jug
Each morning I do clench

But ordinary this is not
With love to me it came
With love and care it was bought
A present with my name

Someday it will crack and break
Nothing lasts forever
But till then a special place it will take
And my thirst we'll quench together

And when it can't be used again
With sadness I'll let it go
But in my heart it will remain
For love just makes that so

Things don't last forever
That I know is certain
But what lasts and what we treasure
Is the love with which it's given

~x~

Also linking to:
Poetry Pantry #176   
GBE2 - Rhyme Time
dVerse Open Link Night #123




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60 comments:

  1. simple bful lines about the "ordinary" but special gifts suzy :)
    just yest a poetic thought attacked me when I was staring at my old stuff due to house shifting. THEY were staring back at me and I traveled in time. Some times things r friendlier than humans- I felt at that very moment :)

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    1. Thanks Afshan. So true that each thing has a story behind it. Hope the house shift goes well.

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  2. I enjoyed learning about your mug, Suzy. Sometimes the most 'ordinary' thing is not ordinary at all if it was given to you by someone you love. I have some 'ordinary' sentimental things like this too that I would not want to part with!

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    1. Thanks Mary. Yes, the littlest thing can mean so much.

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  3. Seeing the sacred in the ordinary is an art that few master. Obviously, you have!

    Whirling with Donald Hall

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    1. Thanks Magical Mystical Teacher for your lovely comment. I do have to make a conscious effort to do that.

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  4. yes even an ordinary thing like a mug can become very precious and extraordinary when given with love....a beautiful portrayal of everlasting love.........

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    1. Thanks Sumana. Glad you liked it.

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  5. 'But what lasts and what we treasure
    Is the love with which it's given' ~ resonates with me. Often I keep postcards/other things given to me longer...because of it.

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    1. Hi Humbird. Yes true, it's the same with me - some things we just keep forever even when we know we should part with them.

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  6. The real gift is the gift of love indeed... With Best wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

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    1. Thanks Scott. Anything given in love is precious. Appreciate you dropping by and commenting.

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  7. So true. It's the thought and love behind the gift.

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    1. Thanks Laurie. That's all that counts.

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  8. Nothing lasts for ever only love. Great words and very nicely put together.

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  9. Love and meaning always reside in the simple, the ordinary. I liked your poem, for it expressed this sentiment well.

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    1. Thanks Liz. Glad you liked my poem and thanks for visiting.

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    1. Thanks Natasa. Glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting.

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  11. "the love with which it's given" is the true gift. Lovely!!

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    1. Thanks Sherry - there is something special about something given with love - for me it becomes a spiritual connection.

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  12. Love it! I have a favorite mug that I have glued back together because it broke a couple of times. It's a mess with all the cracks, but it still holds my tea each day.

    Great poem, Suzy!
    Blessings.
    Penny

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    1. Thank Penny. You know, that's exactly what I would do - glue it together. Blessings to you too.

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  13. Wow! That was really good. I can understand the emotion attached to something that's gifted by someone we really love.

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    1. Thanks Geeta. Yes even little things can be great jewels.

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  14. That was really sweet! Ordinary things sure can make for extraordinary poetry :) loved the last verse!

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    1. Thanks Aditi. Glad you liked my poem. The last verse sums up the emotion.

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  15. Lovely poem. The way you have expressed the small mug is awesome.

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    1. Thanks Weekend-Windup. Glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping by.

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  16. Very nice poem.. the last stanza especially rings true.. :) and that's a cute mug.. :)

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    1. Thanks Vaisakh. Yes I think the mug is cute too.

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  17. Great little poem honouring the ordinary mug which maybe isn't that ordinary after all. I will look at my coffee mug with more awe and respect after reading your fun poem, Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Cat. Glad you enjoyed my poem. Yes, I look at my mug a little differently too - almost like it now has a soul :)

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  18. beautiful poem, suzy and yet so true :)
    nothing lasts for ever except memories. I am glad you created beautiful memories that will help you hold on to this mug :)

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    1. Thanks Ruchira. So true - Memories keep us going.

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  19. LOVE LOVE this..how true....and thankfully know there is a promise..the gift of faith knowing we will spend eternity together!!! ((hugs))) love this precious poem and the PIC OF YOUR MUG!! :)

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    1. Thanks Brenda. Glad you liked my poem and my mug. Yes, things are eternal when they remain in our hearts.

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    1. Thanks for posting a link - makes it so much easier for me!

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  21. Very sweet. I have had a few of those special mugs as well.

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    1. Thanks Lisa - and they do become special!

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  22. Lovely reflection on a child's gift. I have one of those as well. Thanks for posting at Poetry Jam

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    1. Thanks Peggy. I cherish the gifts my children give me - for they are always given with love and chosen with care. Thanks for dropping by.

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  23. Gratitude is what I read here, sweet and loving.

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    1. Thanks Sunflowergirle. Welcome to my blog and thanks for your very nice comment.

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  24. This is lovely. It perfectly captures how much you love the gift your child gave you and how much you cherish it. ♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy - yes very special when your kids give you something with so much love. I love my mug.

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  25. the ordinary things that tie us to people we love, memories of happy times...this is lovely!

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    1. Thanks Mypoeticpath. When we look back at the things that gave us real joy, we find that they were the ordinary everyday things,Thanks for dropping by.

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  26. very nice... i have some special cups as well that have their worth by the people they gave it to me or by the story that is behind how i got them...

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    1. Thanks Claudia. Yes, those are special things when they tell a story.

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    2. Beautiful, Suzy! I like the mug and the poem that goes with it.
      Wil

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    3. Thanks Wil. Glad you liked both.

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