Monday, April 7, 2014

I Want to Live

Alex Schadenberg spoke in Iowa where he met, Paula Graham, the author of the poem.


I want to live.
I want to live.
I have places to go
And faces to know.
I have talents to give.
I want to live.

I want to feel April showers
And smell the sweet spring flowers.
I want to spend lazy hours watching fleecy clouds
Drift hither and yon in a summer sky.

I want to walk through autumn leaves,
Orange, gold and red.
And listen to their whispering voices
As they drift from overhead.

I want to catch the swirling snowflakes
Tossed by fierce winter winds.
And watch as the water freezes
In the rivers and the lakes.

I want to live out the seasons of my life.
Spring, summer, fall, winter,
But ah! It isn't to be
For you can't be bothered with me.

I want to live.
I want to live.
I have places to go
And faces to know.
I have talents to give.
I want to live.

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