Great Love Poems

 

The Two Uses

 The eye is not more exquisitely designed

For seeing than it is for being loved

The same lips curved to speak are curved to kiss

Even the workaday and practical arm

Becomes all love for love's sake to the lover

If this is nature's thrift, love thrives on it

Love never asks the body different

Or ever wants it less ambiguous,

The arm for all it does, the lips for speaking.

But thou thereon dids't only breathe.

- Robert Francis, 1901

 

I want to Breathe

 

you in I'm not talking about

perfume or even the sweet o-

 

dor of your skin but of the

air itself I want to share

 

your air inhaling what you 

exhale I'd like to be that

 

close two of us breathing

each other as one as that

- James Laughlin, 1914

 

A Drinking Song

 Wine comes in at the mouth

And love comes in at the eye.

That's all we shall know for truth

Before we grow old and die

I lift my glass to my mouth

I look at you, and I sigh

- William Butler Yeats, 1865 - 1939

 

"How much better is thy love than wine."

- Song of Solomon 4:10


 My child - Star - you gaze at the stars, 

and I wish I were the firmament

that I might watch you with many eyes.

- Plato, 427 - 347 B.C.

"By all means marry, if you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher." - Socrates

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