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How Do I Love Thee - Let Me Count The Ways

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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
important priority. 
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 
we live.
and I still own every crystal clear memory 
of every arbitrary kiss you unexpectedly left on my lips.
and not yesterday
not tomorrow
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 do
I hold you

Gift you happiness 
Like links on a chain 
Pure gold
Like the brilliant sheen of hope 


Hope is
The greatest gift of all 

Sweet dreams my heart
Soft in the natural embrace of my undying love.

Dec 7 2015

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 2/23/2016 10:42:00 PM
WOW!!! I wish my partner could express his love for me in such a way. Thanks Maurice, you've given me something to think about
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Date: 1/12/2016 8:46:00 AM
Classic, intelligent, sublime and graceful. As usual, yet another excellent piece from you dear poet. Happy new year once again
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Date: 1/4/2016 12:02:00 AM
Thank you for sharing :)
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Date: 12/26/2015 2:29:00 AM
The kind of love depicted here makes me want to be better for my lover x So gracious and innocent.
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Date: 12/24/2015 11:23:00 AM
Armand, you could teach romance with sublime words such as these. In fact I am sure your words have a large influence on the poets who are gifted with your beautiful poetry. I am wishing you a Mele Kalikimaka my friend. Blessings and Aloha, Connie
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Date: 12/22/2015 2:37:00 PM
Very nice, to say the east
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Date: 12/19/2015 11:31:00 AM
This was a look in the mirror at my own love for my man; you expressed and explained feelings of love that could be a vow. The authentic and genuine love radiates a beauty all its own. I am delighted and uplifted by your write ... CayCay
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Date: 12/16/2015 3:58:00 AM
A delight to read Armand, gold, glitter, how brilliant and sweet. Thank you for sharing your tender thoughts. Always here and there, YOUR BIGGEST FAN..... LINDA the Cute DESTROYER :)
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Date: 12/16/2015 4:00:00 AM
I got TAGGY FEET... LOL ;)
Date: 12/14/2015 12:28:00 PM
armand, i am swooning; so riveting!..glad to see you around after a while!..spill ink and huggs!
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Date: 12/14/2015 1:09:00 AM
Charmaine stole my words, its so good to see you back Armand!
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Date: 12/13/2015 3:54:00 PM
Oh how I was missing such masterpieces... Fantastic ! Let me read another one.
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Date: 12/12/2015 6:45:00 PM
That's quite the picture you chose. I enjoyed revisiting this piece Armand.
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Date: 12/12/2015 2:53:00 AM
Come hold me for I have no words for this beautiful love song. A fave
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Date: 12/11/2015 4:05:00 PM
This is absolutely beautiful, Armand! Tender are your thoughts, romantic the feel, undying your love!!! #7+++Fav. ~ All the best my friend. // paul
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Date: 12/11/2015 12:00:00 AM
You are a true artist and romantic my friend. I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent piece.
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Date: 12/9/2015 8:54:00 PM
gosh, you were very inspired to write such a wonderful romantic piece, Armand. My favorite part of the list was number ten. It was awesomely poetic! thanks so much for visiting my poetry today. Faving this gem.
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Date: 12/9/2015 11:18:00 AM
You count love magnificently!! Powerful, passionate, spiritual but most of all honest! A wonder poem my friend.
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Date: 12/8/2015 3:37:00 PM
I'm speechless my friend! absolutely stunning :-) 7 & faves :-) hugs Jan xx
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