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Micro-Poem (Number 13) Why Do You Love Me?

Updated on November 10, 2016
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John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Monty Python, Mr Bean, Black Books etc.

Why Do You Love Me?


At fifteen, you loved me.

At thirty, you loved me.

At forty, you still loved me.

And then it was over.


You left me,

Feeling dejected and small.

Do you feel superior?

Can we try again?


I want to love you,

But I don't know if I can.

I'm willing to try though,

Even if you beat me.


I hate playing you at tennis,

And getting defeated

Two sets to love,

Every time.

Source

Basic Scoring in Tennis

A game consists of a sequence of points played with one player serving for the entire game, and is won by the first player (or players in doubles) to have won at least four points by two points or more over their opponent. In scoring an individual standard game of tennis, the server's score is always called first and the opponent's score second. Score calling is unique to the sport of tennis in that each point has a corresponding call that is synonymous with that point value.

0 = love

1 = 15

2 = 30

3 = 40 (If both players are on 40, it is called "Deuce")

4 = Game

A match is either the best of three or five sets, and each set is usually won by the first player to win six games with a break of serve or if not usually decided by a tie breaker(first to seven points being declared the winner)


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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Suzette, glad you enjoyed this. I am a tennis fan, so it seemed like I just had to write a poem combining 'love' and 'tennis'. Hope you are having a great Easter too.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Ryem. Glad you liked the metaphor. That is the basis of most of the micro-poems.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Audrey, glad you enjoyed this. I had fun writing it.

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      What an interesting twist on this poem! I guess romantic love is like a tennis game. I never thought of it that way until reading your poem. Enjoyed reading this! I love the photo, too. Happy Easter to you!

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      Ryem 

      4 years ago from Maryland

      Awesome poem, and a great metaphor!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Clever write John! I so enjoyed this piece!!

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Yes, I guess that put him off, as well as making Nadal's play less predictable!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Funny how when Rafa was injured, Wawrinka stopped playing any good. When Rafa recovered towards the end, Wawrinka's tennis improved again as well.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Yes indeed but what a shame Nadal had an injury. I'd like to have seen a true fight going on. It doesn't take anything away from Wawrinka's win though; he was playing amazingly. Great match!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Congratulations Stan Wawrinka on defeating Rafa Nadal in the final of The Australian Open. Greatly deserved!

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Me too! Yes I'm watching and nothing keeps me away from the tv when Wimbledon's on!!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Ann, I though this would appeal to tennis buffs. Hope you are watching The Australian Open at the moment. There have been some big upsets already. Sarina Williams and Maria Sharapova both knocked out of the women's, and some impressive performances in the men's. If Jokavic overcomes Warrinka I think he will win. To me Raffa isn't quite at his best. Sorry I get carried away talking tennis. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      I love it! Especially as I play tennis and I'm a great fan of all the tournaments. Funny and touching. Ann

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Lorenzo27, nice to meet you. Thanks for reading, voting up, and your kind comment.

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      Lorenzo27 

      4 years ago from Pistoia, Italy

      So sweet. Voted up and beautiful!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Genna, thanks for voting up and sharing. Glad you enjoy these little poems. they are fun to write, but I just have to wait for the right idea that suits a surprise ending. The first one I wrote was just an experiment, but they are so popular I just keep them coming.

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Two sets to love,

      Every time."

      I love your micro series poems, Jodah! I agree with Frank: "like turning a page of a poetry book every day."

      Voted up and sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love it Eric, I hope you are watching the Australian Open right now. thanks for reading and your comment.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      4 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Tennis is the best. Sweet micro poem about a great game.

      EWF

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Flourish, sorry to disappoint you with the ending, or did I? thanks for reading and your great comment.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      I didn't see that twist coming. I was processing it as a gutwrenching heartbreak poem and then -- boom. You're always so clever with these micro-poems.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey always exploring, good to see you. Yeah there's always a twist at the end of these micro-poems of mine. They are seldom what they first appear. Thanks for reading and enjoying it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      At first i thought you had lost your ' love ' then i realized you were losing at tennis. Ha. Very clever..Loved it...

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Faith, no, this is a poem about tennis that's a lot like a game of love...haha. Thanks for reading and the vote up.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks so much Frank, your comments mean a lot. I love writing these..maybe I'll get enough to publish a book one day...fingers crossed.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Eric, for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Loved this micro poem of love and it can be a lot like a game of tennis! Up and more and sharing. Have a great weekend, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      This little series of micro poetry is such a wonderful idea..like turning a page of a poetry book every day..:) awesome bro

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for a delightful poem

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for commenting twice Pochinuk...lol, oh and it's Jodah, but that's ok you aren't the first to call me Jonah. There are a lot of comparisons between a game of tennis and the game of love. You got it.

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      pochinuk 

      4 years ago

      Jonah,

      I really like this micro-poem

      Small heart tugs in the larger court.

      "…fifteen…" "…thirty…" "…forty…"

      Passing of time brings changes for lovers.

      There are expectations, challenges and denials that

      come with "going away." Love never fails to

      abide with hope, even bringing it to the players

      surface.

      More understanding.

      Less rackets in the court.

      Thanks for writing micro-poems,

      you got the skill cornered!

      -Pochinuk

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      pochinuk 

      4 years ago

      Jonah,

      I really like this micro-poem, and your picture choices for it.

      My thoughts as I read, and re-read:

      Small heart tugs in the larger court.

      "…fifteen…" "…thirty…" "…forty…"

      Passing of time brings changes for lovers.

      There are expectations, challenges and denials that

      come with "going away." Love never fails to

      abide with hope, even bringing it to the players

      surface.

      More understandings: No rackets falling into the court.

      Thanks for writing micro-poems,

      you got the skill cornered!

      -Pochinuk

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for stopping by Benjamin. Always good to see a new name. Thanks for the compliment too.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Vellur, and your kind comment.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      haha Jackie, yes I was wearing my heart on my racket for this one. glad you liked it, thanks for the vote up and share as always.

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      Ben Taylor 

      4 years ago from Sedro-Woolley, Washington

      Very well done.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Simply beautiful!!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Always so touching with your heart on your sleeve. Or is that your racket? (Bit of American humor) Well, you know I love it, up and sharing.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Really Harishprasad? My aim is to always make my poems simple and easy to understand. I don't try to hide cryptic messages in them to be deciphered. If I have a message I want it to be seen easily. thanks for your praise.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Simple words and great tales , always. John, your every piece evokes so lovely emotions ! This one is also awesome.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Jane, It is John...lol. Thanks for your comment....your words are so true. Love can be painful.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Jo, yep I love tennis, but it's take no prisoners, win or lose.

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      Jane Arden 

      4 years ago

      Beautiful words as usual John. It is John isn't it! The pain of romantic love can be the hardest pain of all.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      So sweet... so clever! In the game of love and tennis there's just no mercy. ;)

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