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the name of a poem
Posted by: GEORGE PEPPER (---.29.223.227.Dial1.Cincinnati1.Level3.net)
Date: May 22, 2003 01:16PM

if you love it, let go
if it was ment to be, it will come back to you
if it doesn't,


Re: the name of a poem
Posted by: Alexandra Kilpatrick (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: May 22, 2003 04:38PM

This is apparantly an ancient Chinese proverb:

If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was. We do not possess anything in this world, least of all other people. We only imagine that we do. Our friends, our lovers, our spouses, even our children are not ours; they belong only to themselves. Possessive and controlling friendships and relationships can be as harmful as neglect.



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Re: the name of a poem
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: May 22, 2003 04:56PM

And the version I prefer-

If you love something, set it free.

If it comes back, it was and always will be yours.
If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.

If it just sits in your living room, eats your food, messes up your stuff, takes, your money, and never behaves as if you set it free in the first place, then you either married or gave birth to it.

pam


Re: the name of a poem
Posted by: Alexandra Kilpatrick (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: May 22, 2003 06:06PM

am choking on my bread and cheese which I foolishly started to eat before the need to laugh overwhelmed me; oh, how true!


Re: the name of a poem
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: May 22, 2003 08:38PM

Sorry about that- do weneed to do the virtual Heimlich maneuver?

pam


Re: the name of a poem
Posted by: ph (---.client.attbi.com)
Date: May 22, 2003 10:34PM

I'm actually kinda afraid to ask--but what is the virtual Heimlich maneuver? I heard a couple of years ago in a CPR class that we weren't supposed to call it that any longer...Mr. Heimlich wanted money or something...??


Re: the name of a poem
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: May 23, 2003 01:52PM

Sting has a song called SET THEM FREE - lyrics based on the same idea.


Re: the name of a poem
Posted by: Sheila Pennington (---.nas1.blu.wv.frontiernet.net)
Date: May 23, 2003 09:07PM

Can anyone help me find a certain poem. It is a poem from a male lover to his married paramour. It contains the general idea of "widening the way". Please help.




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