The Greatest Gifts Are Those That Cost Us Least

Music: Fugue in A Major.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques.

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The greatest gifts are those that cost us least:
Price varies inversely with true worth.
Life itself's a free gift of the earth
Born of ecstatic joy in plant and beast.
What more exquisite present than a bower
Of wild roses in adolescent bloom?
Yet all that vivid color and perfume
Exist to serve the interests of the flower.
Love is such a gift. One trusts its treasure,
Free as the strange bright outbursts of a bird,
Equally uncanny and absurd,
Comes not from sweat or sacrifice, but pleasure.
I'm grateful for the gift you bought. But do
Remember that the greatest gift is you.




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