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Give and Take



I get

that the begging mutt takes
what he can
and the working man takes
what he needs
and the sleeping king takes
what he wants


but why
does the crying girl give

mercy to her offender
and the wincing woman give

love to her abuser
and the dying matron give

faith to her creator


I take you from your home
I give you my life
I take you from your dreams
I give you a wife

Why do you remain with one full of greed
I stay because you're all I need

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