This is How I Love You

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When I tell you I love you
It will not be a benediction
It will not spring from my chest
Like a breath I’m holding
And letting loose into a sigh

When I tell you I love you
It will not be proverbial
It will not hold the weight of the years
We spent running back and forth
Between precipice and paradise

When I tell you I love you
It will not be a rebellion
An act of defiance against fortuity
That created an impassable gulf
Where certainty used to be

When I tell you I love you
It will not be for reciprocity
I am not giving you my soul
So you will hand yours in a cage
And I can keep it hostage for eternity

When I tell you I love you
It will not come out as poetry
It will not echo Tagore, Neruda, or Qabbani
The words will unfurl like the break of dawn
But they will not make you immortal

My I love you
Is neither a threat nor a promise
It is not meant to delight or surprise
My I love you
Is a truth that needs no supplement

114 thoughts on “This is How I Love You

  1. I apologize for being a poor follower & lousy commenter. I really don’t read much, but mostly because I’m legally blind, however, that isn’t much of an excuse. This is beautiful. One of those things that I wish I had written, or may have written in another life. It is certainly publishable and you should shop it to some periodicals. Every once in a while, magic flows from our fingers, so much so, that we tend to put our own writing on hold because we just can’t believe that it came out of us the way it did. Sometimes–we can’t follow our own act, but this is outstanding and you should shop it to some poetry e-zines. They would be foolish not to accept it.

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    1. Hi, Charlie. That is alright. I myself have been away from this sphere for so long I have a lot of catching up to do. Thank you for taking the time to read, and thank you most especially for the wonderful words. They make my heart flutter. I will try and find periodicals I can send this to. I wish you a lovely Sunday. ❀️

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  2. That poem was refreshing! You show great insight into — not merely the proper reason to say “I love you”, of course — but into all the cunning ways in which it is abused. What did it cost you to learn that, I wonder?

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    1. Thank you, Paul. I don’t have much experience when it comes to love, especially the romantic kind. What I know I learned from books. This one is actually inspired by The Unbearable Lightness of Being. It made me want to define love, on my own terms. πŸ™‚

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  3. You can have my soul any day, Mitch. This is one of those poems, though tender, one doesn’t know whether to smile or cry. I was thinking last night that I ought to start writing again. Am not sure what really inspired me to think that but… it’s been a while.

    Hope you are well.


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  4. I look at you and see all the ways a soul can bruise, and I wish I could sink my hands into your flesh and light lanterns along your spine so you know that there’s nothing but light when I see you. β€”Shinji Moon, The Anatomy of Being


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  5. In the absence of more recent posts, I got used to reread some of the older ones of your blog. As it is with a bottle of precious wine, they only get better with time. Some years of distance between the time they have been written and the time to read them makes even more clearer its beauty and wisdom.

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