The giving comes, the taking ends.


Such love I cannot analyze;
It does not rest in lips or eyes,
Neither in kisses nor caress.
Partly, I know, it’s gentleness

And understanding in one word
Or in brief letters. It’s preserved
By trust and by respect and awe.
These are the words I’m feeling for.

Two people, yes, two lasting friends.
The giving comes, the taking ends.
There is no measure for such things.
For this all Nature slows and sings.

~ Elizabeth Jennings

9 thoughts on “The giving comes, the taking ends.

    1. I really liked the book – talked a lot to my husband about my response to it. I don’t read much science fiction, which I think is its genre, so I was interested in what made it appealing to me. I will like to know what you think.


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