First Edition


Rarely do I preface my poetry with anything, but this one is a bit special. Although I am a devout minimalist, who inarguably has a difficult time accepting gifts, my sister recently gave me a gift like no other. On her last visit, she gifted me a first printing of Tennyson’s Poems – Illustrated published in 1893. I have never been so touched by kind thoughtfulness. A day has not gone by since, that I did not pick up the book and read something that added light to my life. Thank you, sis! You have given me a true treasure!


Oh, great poet of yore

Languaged wisdom of sage

Your words pressed to the page

Bound as something more


Yea, the many hands that held

The songs, sonnets, and psalms

Beauty held within their palms

And life in the moments spelled


‘Tis here we find, the last divine

An old English given rebirth

Now priceless in their worth

Placed in the hands, now mine


A tome in well-worn leather

Where the light never fades

Life drawn in wonderful shades

As gift, there can be no better


Thank you for this worded treasure

To live within the world he wrote

The symphony of colored notes

For me, is nor a greater pleasure


12 Responses to “First Edition”
  1. beth says:

    that is the perfect and most thoughtful gift for you – she knew you would treasure it. what a lovely thank you as well

  2. Yes, my beloved brother, your minimalist tendencies did have me concerned, But the joy you showed in words and actions made me glad I moved past the concern and took that chance. To know that a simple tome has impacted your life to such a degree truly impacts my heart. So we’ve each gotten a true treasure of the heart! I love you!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    what a wonderful sister – and gift! and such a beautiful tribute to the contents of the book and a heartfelt thank you…

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    What a blessing to have a sibling that loves you so much. What an amazing gift and such a beautiful poem to define just how splendid a gift indeed. I can tell by your poetry you are a beautiful person Brad and your sister unbelievably supportive and such a loving sister.

    Blessings to you both. Love and hugs 🤗 Jonikins

  5. kristianw84 says:

    This is so touching! It’s beautiful to see how much joy your sisters gift gives you.

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