"Take" is a song by Libby Larsen setting the poetry of Canadian writer Margaret Atwood.

Date: 2006Composer: Libby Larsen

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by Margaret Atwood

There are so many things I want
you to have. This is mine, this
tree, I give you its name,

here is food, white like roots, red,
growing in the marsh, on the shore,
I pronounce these names for you also.

This is mine, this island, you can have
the rocks, the plants
that spread themselves flat over
the thin soil, I renounce them.

You can have this water,
this flesh, I abdicate,

I watch you, you claim
without noticing it,
you know how to take.

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