How Do I Love Thee - Let Me Count The Ways
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"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."(with my apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning a brilliant poet)
You can read Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It is an amazing poem and other than me using her first line as my title and as a hook there is no relation between the two pieces.
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and every time i see you it is for the first time
still my heart skips a beat
and every time we kiss it is our first
and there is nothing like that first kiss.
and it is not just that i love you with every fibre of my being
but more important that i cherish it and treat it as my most
and now i believe that
could have stopped me from loving you.
even if we had never met i am convinced
you would of monopolized my dreams.
and I choose to believe the beauty spread freely
on earth sparkles just a hint brighter because
we are so in love with one another.
and to have shared my life with you as you have shared your
life with me apart or together always the better for the union
and I still own every crystal clear memory
of every arbitrary kiss you unexpectedly left on my lips.
and not yesterday
is the heaven of our existence.
and we always knew 'why? fight the current if you can surf the waves'.
and our mornings
in the solitude outside our home
where birds fly and salty dogs roam
sharing that with you my love
feels like the purest freedom available to all earthly life.
and i love it when you slip under my skin like you would
our bed sheets after a long journey away.
and even in the pitch of black, surrounded by the dark
my eyes shut and blindfolded i would not see the moon
or the stellar diamonds that hug the night sky but still i
would see you.
and if i hold you a little tight at times
please blame my exuberance on the joyous life we've
shared - every moment we've spent as a loving couple.
and it is you my love who taught me
the weeping willow not the mighty oak
represents the greatest strength in nature.
and now I know my love the trust to unfold for your partner
everything that is you (even the darkest parts of your makeup),
the comfort that there is nothing about you your partner won't accept
is a special love gifted to those who seek it with pure intent.
and if the truth be known marriage isn't love, marriage is a contract
unlike love contracts can be broken.
and i will always be there to hold you when there are no words.
and when i knew it was you i knew it would never be anyone else ever again.
and if not for love then what?
The Closing Soliloquy
Sleep well my darling
Warm in my heart
Tender in my thoughts
Safe in my hold
I hold you
Gift you happiness
Like links on a chain
Like the brilliant sheen of hope
The greatest gift of all
Sweet dreams my heart
Soft in the natural embrace of my undying love.
Dec 7 2015
Copyright © Maurice Yvonne | Year Posted 2015
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