The Life That I Have
- The Life That I Have (sometimes referred to as Yours) is a short poem written by Leo Marks and used as a poem code in the Second World War.
- The life that I have
- Is all that I have
- And the life that I have
- Is yours.
- The love that I have
- Of the life that I have
- Is yours and yours and yours.
- A sleep I shall have
- A rest I shall have
- Yet death will be but a pause.
- For the peace of my years
- In the long green grass
- Will be yours and yours and yours.
Peter told me to add this poem into the blog. He said I would like it. He is partly right because I more than like it, I love it.
The poem is about Love Eternal. It is beyond love every waking moments, its goes on until and after death. Isn’t that just the most romantic thing ever 🙂 !!!
But romance aside, the poem apparently was used to send code during WWII. A message is encrypted within the poetry itself. This short poem was sent by Leo Marks to a French agent, Violette Szabo, who was ultimately captured, tortured and murdered by the Nazi (not because of the poem!). A film was made about Violette Szabo called Carve Her Name With Pride, where the poem was included but undergone an artistic licence, as Hollywood would often do. In the film the poem was supposed to have been written for her by her husband, Etienne.