Writing a love poem
Writing a Love Poem
Nothing can be more magical than a poem that flows naturally from one’s feelings. If you’re not in love, don’t attempt to write a love poem. The dryness will show. You can’t fake love with words that come from the head.
How do you write a love poem then?
It is better to write what comes to mind and then rearrange the lines rather than follow a set of steps.
What words describe the presence of your loved one?
Imagine both of you are in a forest. What words will capture that magnetic force or better still that primeval force that makes you unable to walk without him? What will describe the power of that scent that mingles with your breath and desire? Just write what comes to mind, for example:
…..Like this branch, hard and full,
twining around my skin
that are embers ….
Just go on naming the words with the feelings that flow with it.
Then , go over what you have written and remember these three part s of a piece:
a) Statement of what you want to write about (In short story writing, it is the statement of the conflict) It’s answering the question “What”. What is your message ? Is it her irresistible presence? Is it her fine qualities? Her being distant and your torment? Whatever it is that will answer the question “What” - It is this part.
In writing, we are taught this: Show. Don’t tell. For example: Don’t say : Your beautiful eyes make me forget time and distance. Present a situation that tells about her eyes that make you forget time and distance. You could write it this way: Like starless nights, your eyes speak of ripples and circles…or you can use other metaphors that show her beautiful eyes making you forget time and distance.
b) Show the conflict - there’s passion on your side and this you are sure of. In contrast to how you feel, there’s no similar passion on the other side. Use metaphors for your feelings that are in contrast with her; or may not be in contrast with her.
c) Resolve the conflict … Are you pursuing the object of your love with whatever it takes? Are you happy with what is? Are you anxious of the future?
Writing a love poem carries with it its own magic even if the love spoken of is not equally reciprocated. The beauty of a love poem is that it functions as a fulfillment and as a therapy. This is not to say that you don’t need to be loved. Everybody wants to be loved. But in the event that the love you hold is not fully reciprocated, you don’t lose anything. The poem that you gave birth to is a fulfillment in itself.
Your fulfillment will be much more, of course, when your love gets reciprocated.
Here’s a poem I wrote a year ago. I thought this was a love poem:
Like a birdsong
- by Francia C. Clavecillas -
Like a birdsong
you’re with the wind
on my brow
in this early morning light.
With the rustle of leaves
outside my memory’s door
I tiptoe like a child
to keep you one moment more
or I will sulk
in the roofless corner
of my fears
I was a forest.
NOTE: Poem "Like a birdsong"
Copyright ©2009 Francia C. Clavecillas
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