I Give You

I give you all the breath by which I live,
Each little sigh, a word, is breathed for thee.
From little breaths to sentences I grow
To sing out happy stanzas to thine ears,
Then wholes of pages, poems, thick’ning books,
T’fill libraries which carry none but you
On shelves that tower upward toward the sky,
Where birds read love to gain more strength to soar
Through low’ring storm, which wraps around the spires
Of love’s breathed words, to halt, or nearly so,
Till gentleness turns violence to naught,
And thunder’s clouds disdain their floods to loose.
From breath, to book, to buildings climbing high
I send you all my love, which shall not die!

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