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17 August, 2004

FROM YOU I HAVE LEARNT...

From you I have learnt
that I still have youth...
and beauty, on my side.

From you I have learnt
to enjoy my body
and use it every way I can.
to not be afraid of it
or of what-
other people think of it.

From you I have learnt
to sing and dance a
nd be as mad as I can.

From you I have learnt
to understand that
friends come and go
but with a precious few
one must hold on

From you I have learnt
not be reckless with other people's hearts
and more so ever,
not to put up with people
who are reckless with mine.

From you I have learnt
that sometimes I am ahead,
and sometimes behind.
The race is long,
and in the end
it's only with myself.

From you I have learnt
not to congratulate myself too much
or berate myself either
that my choices are half chance
and so are everybody else's

From you I have learnt
to live in the city
but not to allow it to make me too hard.
To live in this small town
but to leave it before it makes me too soft.

From you I have learnt
One inalienable truth
It is more important to be loved
than to love
But to be loved back
it is essential
to love first.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Michelle said...

From you I have learnt, that the most beautiful words will come with a simplicity that is unending.

17 August, 2004 21:34  
Blogger rats said...

ah, raizel, whose name is a poem itself.
thank you

18 August, 2004 16:26  
Blogger Michelle said...

Raizel, meaning rose. A part of me is Rose, the other, Briar. There is pun there, not just poetry.

19 August, 2004 10:50  
Blogger Max Babi said...

Hi Rats and Raizel,

It is not simple to write unadorned and hardhitting poetry : very few of us manage to do it without lapsing into unpoetic drivel or watered down tasteless stuff... Rats, your poems are precise and yet profound.

Cheers

Max

22 August, 2004 15:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from you i've learnt that - i can listen any old song, proclaim to have written Poetry, and get it flashed on clean LCD screens....

23 October, 2006 18:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from you i've learnt that - i can listen any old song, proclaim to have written Poetry, and get it flashed on clean LCD screens....

23 October, 2006 18:59  

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