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How does one measure love in scope or scale?
  For if such ledger ever was designed
Then logic would over the heart prevail.
  So in this way must love be ever blind.
If love be love it cannot count the cost
  Or repossess what it in ransom pays.
Expecting such is love already lost
  When worth decides whether or not it stays.
But if I must assign it some amount
  Let time together be the cost we share
And by that measure, as for love's account,
  Let us not leave a coin of it to spare.

     I'll precious count each moment yet in store.
     My love, I offer all to you and more.

8.17.18

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 9/16/2018 11:34:00 AM
A truly lovely sonnet Jesse. It has a definite touch of Shakespeare about it and would sit well among his,even in this day and age. June.
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Date: 9/16/2018 4:50:00 AM
very beautifully put.have a great day! :)
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Date: 9/15/2018 10:24:00 AM
I love sonnets and it was a sincere pleasure to read this gem of a sonnet, Jesse. As good as it gets. A certain fave for me. T.J
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/15/2018 4:00:00 PM
Thank you. That means a lot.
Date: 9/10/2018 9:57:00 AM
I LIKE YOUR STYLE, AND THINK YOUR WORD USAGE WAS DESIGNED TO CREATE A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POEM AND READER !
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Date: 9/8/2018 5:15:00 PM
Delightful, Jesse. Congrats on your win.
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Date: 9/8/2018 5:51:00 AM
Hello Jesse, I am really glad I took a read of your sonnet here on "The Measure of Love." Love is a most passionate emotion, perhaps beyond any true measure. Be that said, I do believe you've hit a definite poetic nerve with the descriptive nature of the measure of love with your words and metaphor -- and have done so most exquisitely!! A Superb Sonnet in every respect, and A FAVE!! Best Always, Gary
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/8/2018 7:24:00 AM
Thank yo so much for your meaningful comment.
Date: 9/7/2018 12:57:00 PM
Wow! Incredible piece Jesse! Gorgeous :)) xomo
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/7/2018 1:25:00 PM
Oh, many thanks, Maureen.
Date: 9/6/2018 6:36:00 PM
A really lovely romantic poem culminating to the final declaration in your last very precious words.It definitely equates with Shakespeare’s sonnets Jesse,very skilful,congratulations on your win.June.
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/7/2018 1:25:00 PM
That is just about the highest praise possible (eqatible to Shakespeare)! This is only my 3rd sonnet written and I had been reading his to get a feel for them.
Date: 9/6/2018 1:52:00 PM
Jesse, your poem is such a deeply expressive sonnet of romantic love.. ' Let time together be the cost we share And by that measure, as for love's account, Let us not leave a coin of it to spare'.. how precious and all consuming this ecstasy of love is! Beautiful! Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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Susan Ashley
Date: 9/6/2018 3:49:00 PM
Congratulations on your wonderful and well deserved trophy win as well..
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/6/2018 3:03:00 PM
Thank you so much for the comment, Susan.
Date: 9/6/2018 8:35:00 AM
Re-read the third time, get's better every time, now a fave of mine, congrats on number 1 of top 100!!
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/6/2018 11:44:00 AM
That is some rarified air I never dared hope to reach. I am deeply honored and appreciative of the reception this poem recieved.
Date: 9/4/2018 7:46:00 PM
An immediate FAV for me, Jesse. So Shakespearean in its blending of love with precision measures, weights, and balancing. Bravo, poet! Best wishes, Gershon
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/4/2018 8:39:00 PM
Thank you so much. I indeed tried to incorporate words about measurement in each line and then turned it on its head by giving more than all. Glad you enjoyed it.
Date: 9/4/2018 4:44:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved win Jesse with your excellent sonnet, thoroughly enjoyed reading. :))
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/4/2018 7:53:00 AM
Thank you so much. I'm glad it has been so well received.
Date: 9/4/2018 2:42:00 AM
'My love, I offer all yo you' is the ultimate answer. BIG CONGRATS.
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/4/2018 7:50:00 AM
And perhaps THAT, even more than time is the true measure. Because there is no measure to everything.
Date: 9/3/2018 9:58:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Jesse!:-) Amazing poem!
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/4/2018 7:46:00 AM
Thank you do much.
Date: 9/3/2018 5:56:00 PM
Congratulations for your win. This is excellent :)
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Date: 9/2/2018 9:11:00 PM
Congratulations Jesse on your first place win. Great thoughts on the price of love. Blessings, Sian.
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/4/2018 7:46:00 AM
Thank you, Sian.
Date: 9/2/2018 5:35:00 PM
Jesse, congrats on your trophy win for this great sonnet. A very unique thought on placing a value on love. All the best. John
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/2/2018 9:09:00 PM
Maybe not entirely unique, but a different spin at least. My inspiration was somewhat of a response to the poem "how do I love thee? Let me count the ways." It got me thinking about why we would attempt to enumerate love. Thanks for the comment.
Date: 9/2/2018 2:35:00 PM
An instant classic sonnet, congrats Jesse on your great win!
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/2/2018 9:07:00 PM
Thank you so much, John.
Date: 9/2/2018 12:22:00 PM
Ooh I’m impressed Jesse, put on the “bard” hat, and step up to the top of the podium! Seriously, this is sweet, lilting, and a joy to read. Well done!
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/2/2018 4:27:00 PM
Many thanks. I put a fairly good amount of time into this and I'm supremely happy that it was so well received.
Date: 9/2/2018 10:16:00 AM
True love has no measure except for its endurance of togetherness in time. Love the theme in your beautiful, well-written Sonnet, Jesse, and congratulations on your First Place Trophy win! Sandra
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/2/2018 3:30:00 PM
Indeed. Thank you for the read and sweet comment.
Date: 9/2/2018 8:33:00 AM
Beautifully done Jesse, congrats on a well deserved top spot.
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/2/2018 3:18:00 PM
Thank you so much, John.
Date: 9/2/2018 1:01:00 AM
This is lovely, Jesse, and a worthy win. Congratulations! Viv x
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/2/2018 3:09:00 PM
Many thanks, Viv.
Date: 9/1/2018 11:53:00 PM
Very well penned and meaningful sonnet, Jesse! Congrats on your top placement.
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/2/2018 7:01:00 AM
Thank you, Carol.
Date: 9/1/2018 9:49:00 PM
OMG this is romantic and brilliant simultaneously Jesse! It deserves the First Place trophy my friend! Great pick Emile! Congratulations! : )
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/2/2018 7:01:00 AM
Thank you so much! I'm happy it has been so well received.
Date: 9/1/2018 7:21:00 PM
Congratulations Jesse! Your poem has placed First in my PoetrySoup contest. Very well done my friend, Emile.
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Jesse Rowe
Date: 9/1/2018 7:24:00 PM
Thank you so much. I'm honored.