Richard M. Leland III
These are a few of the poems I have composed over the years, there are two missing that I know of, the first poem of the Precious Moments series, and one that I wrote many many years ago, that I will try and remember, It was a poem of "young love." The "Circle," is a poem I wrote in celebration of my sister's marriage of 51 plus years, it is dedicated to Margaret (Peggy) and Maurice Duvic, may they be forever young. Here is a link to Christian's Poem , it was written at the time of his death, at less then two years of age.
Precious Moments -1986
Precious Moments -
This was written after the birth of my daughter, Ashley Marie Leland, who was born nine weeks early, on March 17th, 1988, at 3 lbs, 8 ozs. She came home on April 20th 1988 and has been our joy ever since.
A Circle has no end
We faced each other hand in hand
A circle did we form
Four hands two hearts together did we stand.
Our world was safe, our hopes were high
our dreams had yet to form.
We faced each other hand in hand,
the circle had begun.
Two by two the hands would join
to make the circle grow.
So small at first, so innocent and pure.
And each day with love and care
ever stronger they would grow,
to help to grasp two more
small hands, and make the circle grow.
Year after year the circle grew,
not only with our own.
But with those who felt our
circles strength, and wanted so to share,
their hopes and dreams with ours you see,
and make our circle grow.
Four, six, eight and ten
twelve, fourteen, sixteen then,
Eighteen, twenty and ever more it grew,
too numerous to count now,
each one sharing with the other,
and bonding yet anew.
War then peace, pain and joy,
Fear and hope, a lost little boy,
but always has the circle stood,
since the day that it began,
so many wonderful years ago,
with a woman and a man.
The circle never ends you see,
hands may fall away,
But the two who joined the four,
the two to whom we pray,
will ever keep the circle strong,
that began upon that day.
This is our legacy,
that where ever you may be,
whatever joy or pain you have,
reach out your hand to God and find
The Circle has no End.
22 April 2001