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Only Because I Love You

Updated on July 15, 2013
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I love you

and the ache is…

I cannot breathe

my emotion

is a pressure

against a dam

that cannot hold

I love you

and how can this be

that my entire being

is a euphoric intoxicant

when can I exhale

when can I blink

and relax

these trembling muscles

why do I fall

when I look

into your eyes

and nothing matters

but I love you

and it feels so good

and it hurts so bad

it takes my breath away

rips my heart

drops me to my knees

but I want to be here

with I love you

wrapped around

my temples

and pulling my arms

behind my back

and tearing a scream

from my gut

in rapturous

rhapsody

my face trying to cry

trying to laugh

simultaneously

contorting madness

which is

I love you

how can I describe

how can I define

I love you

I am kept whole by

I am driven mad by

I love you

how can I live with

how could I live without

I love you?

I am

in exquisite agony

in writhing ecstasy

I am...

only because

I love you

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank for saying so, ziyena.

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      ziyena 4 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

      I do not miss the longing ... you express it so well here

      Thanks Wayne :)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Kim. I appreciate the visit.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Gosh. I remember those feelings: ecstasy one minute/agony the next. Those feelings that totally engulf. Excellent Job!

      Best to you,

      Kim

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much James.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Beautiful as always ,Voted up

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Rasma!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you much, Lurana.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Wonderful sentiments.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Red Mermaid. I appreciate the visit.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Exceptionally expressive! Madly in love---you captured it here in all its agony. ~Lurana

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Eddy.

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      red mermaid 4 years ago

      A beautiful and moving poem. You've captured in your words the intense love of a soulmate, of which many people will never experience and others have failed to realise. well done.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      ~ yep

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Nellieanna. Yes, those three little words are what makes the world go round.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Deb.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Ryem. I appreciate the visit.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Anna, thank you for the compliment.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful poem and thank you for sharing.

      Voted up.

      Eddy.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      All that the comments so far fit your lovely poem well, Wayne. Yet what comes through with such undeniable clarity, simplicity, truth and finality are the three little words: I love you.

      Simply beautiful.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It all comes around and goes around with every thought and emotion under the sun. So well described, especially with the mad confusion and raging torrents of this emotion and that...

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Epi, you sure know how to give someone a big head. Lol. You should be given an accolade for the all time most encouraging commenter. I truly appreciate your visits and seeing that face above the bow-tie. ( :

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hey Rick. Thanks for the visit and the compliments my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Marlene. Thank you so much for the visit and the kind words.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Rose, you are very kind. I appreciate the share!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sha. And yes...it is! : )

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Cat, I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I truly appreciate the compliments.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Rishi, thank you very much.

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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      This poem is amazing. Your emotions are sharp and the love is beautiful and tortured. Voted up.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      A skillful portrayal of the searing emotions involved in the two juxtapostions of love.

      Voted up.

      Anna

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Greatest living poet ever at the Hub , you are Sir Wayne, and you make Epi look like a mentally challenged child who can't even hold a crayon in his hand, lol.

      Got to say though you are da man and I love you too, in a manly sort of way, lol

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Sir Martin.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Deergha.

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      Poetic Fool 4 years ago

      Wayne, what an awesome job of trying to put into words that which is indescribable, the paradoxical 'I love you'. Agony and ecstasy, peace and madness, calm and chaos, and more all rolled into 'I love you'. Well done, sir!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi SilentRead. Thank you for the visit.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Faith. I Hope that flame is burning in your life

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Good to see you again Chris. Thank you for the compliment sir.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      There is always a certain madness to love during the early stages of a romantic relationship and you have portrayed these emotions very well.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      A brilliant piece of work! You are truly a talented poet. thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wayne, you have beautifully captured the many emotions and feelings evoked by the excitement of love. For some, what you have expressed last a lifetime. I hope it's true for you!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Boy oh boy oh boy, Wayne! What are you trying to do to me? lol... This is so perfect, truly it is. '...contorting madness', 'exquisite agony' 'writhing ecstasy'? Just blown away... love it!

      Have a wonderful day dear!

      Cat

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Theresa. Much appreciated.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Vincent, I appreciate the good word, and thank you so much for the share.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you cleaner.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Miss Beth. By the way, I love you too! :-)

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      passionate77 4 years ago

      wow what a thorough expression of all those emotions that we come across when we fall in true love, these lines beautifully portray all those ups and downs of our strong feelings that deep love can make us feel. very lovely poem i bookmarked the page, thanks for sharing wayne, stay blessed dear!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      masterfully done! I particularly like the way this ended. thank you

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Breathtakingly beautiful as ever. It flows deep and wide with love eternal. Thank you. Shared and votes ++++++++++++++

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      "I love you" three exquisite words of ecstasy and agony. Such an overuse platitude, yet it holds us spellbound with it's magic and charm.:)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Whew, this beauty leaves one breathless! Such passion felt in your words of love; that kind of love that sweeps one away completely enthralled and enamored by another!

      That's exactly the way to keep the flame alive right there.

      Voted up ++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Wayne, well done. I especially like the parts that convey the seeming inability to live with and without "I love you." Pleasure and pain go hand in hand with this basic human need, the need to love and be loved.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Marlin. Thank you sir, for the compliment.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Breathtaking, Wayne. A marvelous, tempestuous description of the high and low and intensity of love. Terrific. Sharing. Theresa

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      I love you, let me count the ways, echoed throughout our history in so many different ways, by so many loved filled, heart aching lovers. You have done a masterful job here my poet of describing the agony and ecstasy of love. I believe every man and woman at some point will experience the angst of feeling, finding, savoring, keeping, losing and dying over love. Voted Up and shared, simply brilliant.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      wayne .. awesome, my friend .. awesome

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      What a perfect description of the many extreme emotions love can bring about... Beautiful, as always

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      Marlin 55 4 years ago from USA

      Wayne, it's beautiful. Quite an exceptional description of love. I think that's the kind of love that comes along every once in a while and if we're smart, we'll hold on tight and never let it go. Great work!