These are three of my favourite poems - the
first two of which were read at my wedding in December 2003 by my friend
and great actor Geoffrey Harris. Geoffrey tragically lost his brave
fight against cancer in December 2004 - he is greatly
by Ralph Waldo
To laugh often and much
To win the respect of intelligent people and
the affection of children
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and
endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To leave the world a bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition
To know even one life has breathed easier because
you have lived
This is to have
Come with Me
by Fran Landesman (www.franlandesman.com)
Come with me, go with me,
burn with me, glow with me ,
Write me a sonnet or two;
Sleep with me, wake with me,
Give with me, take with me,
Love me the way I love you.
Let me get high with you,
Laugh with you, cry with you,
Be with you when I am blue;
Rest with you, fight with you
Day with you, night with you
Love me whatever I do.
Work with me, play with me
Run with me, stay with me
Make me your partner in crime;
Handle me, fondle me,
Cradle me tenderly
Say I'm your reason and rhyme.
Pray with me, sin with me,
Lose with me, win with me,
Love me with all of my scars;
Rise with me, fall with me
Hide from it all with me
Nothing is mine now, it's ours.
Not exactly a poem; but maybe
"Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything
Fred Astaire did; backwards and in high heels" (source
YOUTH is not a time of life........it is the
freshness of the deep springs of life.
Nobody grows old merely by living a number of
years. People grow old by deserting their ideals.....
Whether sixty or sixteen, every human being may
experience wonder, ...the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing, childlike
appetite for the future, the joy in living.
For you are as young as your faith, as old as
your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your
As long as your heart receives messages of beauty,
hope, cheer, courage, and power from God and your fellow men, you are