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Thread #6045   Message #2700259
Posted By: Jim Dixon
14-Aug-09 - 12:32 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Give Me the Roses While I Live
Subject: Lyr Add: KINDNESS DURING LIFE
There seem to be many versions of this poem—or many poems expressing the same idea.

From Journal of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, Volume 34, 1925, page 56:


KINDNESS DURING LIFE
Anonymous

I would rather have one little rose
From the garden of a friend
Than to have the choicest flowers
When my stay on earth must end.

I would rather have the kindest words
[That can be said to me]*
Than flattered when my heart is still
And this life has ceased to be.

I would rather have a loving smile
From friends I know are true
Than tears shed 'round my casket
When this world I've bid adieu.

Bring me all the flowers today
Whether pink, or white, or red;
I'd rather have one blossom now
Than a truckload when I'm dead.


[*There seems to be a line missing here in the original. I have inserted a line from a different version.]