Poem: givers and takers

By: Linda M Crate

giversandtakers

i guess the biggest lie
anyone has ever told me is
that people care
for all they ever have
cared about is what they can
take from me
because greed seems the economy
of these times,
and while i’m a giver i think limits
need set because i am losing
pieces of myself in
their perpetual need;
i prefer
to be isolated in my own comforts
discovering pieces of myself
in novels and poems and short stories
whiling away the hours
exploiting only my own hands for it has
always been hard for me to accept
gifts—
i do not want to be the only that
always takes without
giving
because friendships should be two sided
not one sided streets where only
one gains love and appreciation
while the other withers and dies like a flower
trapped in the snow.

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