The gift

I have a gift for you

that is not like

any other gift,

for it is not a thing

to use or sell,

or even wealth

or money that

you can employ to pay

for things.


No, this is

no ordinary or

extraordinary gift,

for it is as plain

as it is precious.


This is a gift

that comes and goes

and when it is given

it can easily be

taken away again.


This is the

gift of gifts,

a work of art

among all the arts.


This is the gift

of life

that is given

that can last

a second

or a lifetime.