First Edition



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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!

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Oh, great poet of yore

Languaged wisdom of sage

Your words pressed to the page

Bound as something more

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Yea, the many hands that held

The songs, sonnets, and psalms

Beauty held within their palms

And life in the moments spelled

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‘Tis here we find, the last divine

An old English given rebirth

Now priceless in their worth

Placed in the hands, now mine

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A tome in well-worn leather

Where the light never fades

Life drawn in wonderful shades

As gift, there can be no better

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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

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Comments
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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