You Know Not What You Have Until It's Gone

You Know Not What You Have Until It's Gone

A Poem by emipoemi

If you can boast to having eyes to see,

And if to having minds to get the clue,

You would know all you have shall ever be

A special treasure very dear to you.

It may at first not wholly seem that way,

As some of such may bring about your hate.

But all those treasures never go astray

Until neglect or harm should change their fate.

Thus keep an eye on all that you possess-

What heartens you, and what torments you so;

All those with whom you fight and you caress,

And all those things whose values seem so low.

For know the truth that’s seldom come upon:

You know not what you have until it’s gone.


© 2017 emipoemi

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Ah... yes. Lessons in life. The wise pay attention, the fool shrugs them off.

Posted 4 Months Ago

A wonderful sonnet.
I sense an influence of William Blake in your writing. Like many of his works, your poetry has a profound simplicity to it. You rely not only on a good message, but on the actual "poeticness" of it, as evidenced by your excellent skill in meter and rhyme. Brilliant work!

- William Liston

Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

Though I've heard of Blake, I can't say I've read much of him apart from Tyger Tyger, so it's intere.. read more
(applauds) This poem rings with such truth!! :D Many underestimate the value of what they have until it's harmed or gone.

Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

and it was about time someone tells them :)

I'm glad you enjoyed it.
This is so very poignant and true and gives one pause for thought. Well done!

Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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Added on June 11, 2017
Last Updated on June 11, 2017
Tags: poetry, poem, sonnet, treasures, possessions, memory



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