The life that I have is all that I have

The love that I haveOf the life that I have Is yours and yours and yours.

Violette Szabo: The Life That I Have

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  • "The Life That I Have," Richard Hyfler noted in an article for Forbes Magazine, turned out to be an ideal poem to use as a cipher, with its "absence of the high-value Scrabble letters like 'z' and 'x' or words with double letters that make code easier to decipher." Marks eventually gave it to a beautiful, young agent with the French resistance named Violette Szabo to use as her personal code. Before the end of the war, Szabo was compromised then tortured and killed by the Nazis. Her travails, along with the poem, are remembered in a 1958 film called Carve Her Name With Pride. You can watch a scene from the movie below.

    The poem you are looking for is 'Code Poem for the French Resistance' by Leo Marks. It can be found in A Poem a Day (Steer Forth Press, 1996), Poetry Please! (Everyman, 1996), or The Life that I Have by Leo Marks (Souvenir Press, 1999).

  • 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.

    Leo Marks's poem "The Life That I Have," read as part of Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky wedding ceremony, seems on the surface to be the perfect wedding poem. It's straightforward and employs simple language--easy for the guests to understand and appreciate with one listen--and it comes across as genuinely emotional with its incantatory and almost pleading repetition of "yours and yours and yours." Here's the full text of the poem:

    "The Life that I Have"


  • 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.

    .The poem was given to the British agent Violet Szabo for use by French resistance she was captured by the Nazi's and interrogated tortured and executed this is a virtual movie of her reciting this wonderful poem "The life that I have" .Violette Reine Elizabeth Bushell Szabo, GC, MBE, (26 June 1921 -- c. 5 February 1945) was a Second World War British secret agent. She was born Violette Reine Elizabeth Bushell in Paris, France on 26 June 1921, the second child of a French mother and an English taxi-driver father, who had met during World War I. The family moved to London and she attended school in Brixton until the age of 14. At the start of the Second World War, she was working in the Bon Marché department store in Brixton on the perfume counter.

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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.