How do I love thee, let me count the cliches

This may be hard to say

But as your love is splayed

Expression of this feeling I feel

causes me to rhyme and real

roses are red, violets are blue

no thats not right

what have roses to do with you

I feel no thorns

yet I bleed.

so what if red is red

its your lips that I need

ok maybe violets are blue

but have you ever thought violets should be violet?

yet what have they to do with you and me

for not but your blood

which I have yet to have tasted

have anything to do with violets

to go do that would find love wasted.


Our love is true

wait just a minute

true straight

or the lieless tongue that savors you

making your butterfly seem like a useless

gesture to replace what

a (cough) can do.

So shall I not lie

saying always what makes you happy

when we both must grow

and that requires pain

How shall we be straight and true

when life is crooked

moving around rocks

boulders, trees, rivers

all other such things that

living can do.


So what do I say

perhaps not as much

as you would hear

but I will do what I do

whispering in your ear

the things you need know

about the pulsing

beneath your hand

Where that be it won't matter

because I am your man.

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ShakethaM07 6 years ago from Washington County, Georgia

I LOVED this! Really, Really loved it! I havent read many hubs but out of the 1s i have read, this 1 has got to be my fav!


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

Thanks Shake. I am glad you stopped by. You think I should right more satire and less of the serious stuff do you?


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epigramman 6 years ago

...yes you are a prolific writer too of the highest order - and this piece really turns the romantic poetry genre on its precious little head - lol lol - with a writer who is clever, provocative, and is a creative anomaly!!!


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

@epigramman lol As a Poet I understand some of the sonnets that the Baird wrote on the subject of romantic poetry. I had a lot of fun mocking that institution and didn't feel the form of sonnet writing constricting me. Thanks for the complement and your appreciation.


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

excellent work there, you are a natural it seems. Yes, I agree, this is a niche you fill well. it flows rather smoothly with gentle curves where needed :D excellent work :D hugs :D


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eternitydoyle 6 years ago from Australia

i like this. very much. delightfully different, and actually quite haunting. very nice!


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

Sa'ge I meant it to have curves like that of a blade. I enjoy poetry as a whole as much as I like to write it but mocking my own art done incorrectly or at least pointed pointers for those who bother to read it makes my heart happy.

Eternitydoyle lol I didn't know that I would be haunting anyone. Maybe you would like to specify so I can amp it up latter lol.

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