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Take


by Samuel Derrick Rosen


Take this song but do not sing.
Take this knife but do not cut.
Take this crutch but do not lean.
Take this weight but do not bear.

Take this bell but do not ring.
Take this sleep but do not dream.
Take this space but do not fill.
Take this truth but do not swear.

Take this silence but do not bleed.
Take this shadow but do not cast.
Take this time but do not bend.
Take this gene but do not splice.

Take this mouth but do not feed.
Take this sum but do not count.
Take this fruit but do not eat.

The act of taking must suffice.
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