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Writing a love poem

Updated on May 22, 2010

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 -

Copyright ©2008

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

forever wishing

I was a forest.

NOTE: Poem "Like a birdsong"

Copyright ©2009 Francia C. Clavecillas

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    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for dropping by, denden.

    • denden mangubat profile image

      denden mangubat 

      7 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      nice

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hi MFB III,

      This page is honored by your poetry! Thanks for leaving a treasure here!

    • MFB III profile image

      MFB III 

      8 years ago from United States

      What good are

      pen and

      paper words,

      long or short,

      black on white,

      print or script,

      they cannot begin

      to explain all the

      wonders that I feel...

      I express

      myself best

      in the silence

      of a kiss,

      laughter whispers

      in my eyes

      and love is warm upon

      my fingertips.

      Come take your place

      in my heart

      and together

      we shall find

      What says it best!

      ~~~~~~~Great Hub~~MFB III

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi jill of alltrades,

      I really look forward to your reconnection with the Muse. Poetry is such a beautiful way of expressing something that is "unsayable" in any other way.

      Thanks for leaving a comment!

    • jill of alltrades profile image

      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      My attempts at writing a poem have never resulted to anything I liked. I might give it another try with the help of your tips here. Thank you.

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      delzky, If you are a poet and leave poetry at the backseat in favor of practical survival issues, something in you dies everyday. Even if I have very little time for writing, I decided to pick up my writing feet because I felt wilted. With baby steps I will get somewhere with my pen. It will not be soon but it's coming.

      Btw, you mentioned that you are building an SBI site. I am still in the process of building my site though I have been promoting SBI in my blogs for quite a time now. You will know when my SBI site is finally launched. It is taking me too long to build my site because I have a job which is demanding. I hope one day I can have more time for writing and music.

      Thanks for leaving a generous comment here. Good luck to your writing and classic guitar!

      Btw, Where in the Philippines are you?

    • delzky profile image

      delzky 

      9 years ago

      You strike a chord again with this hub. How about my favorite, "if a star would fall everytime I think of you, the sky would by empty." Its not my original though. You inspire me to go back to poetry.

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      It's good to know that you love this website. Thanks, Savannah, for visiting my page. See you around hubpages.

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      Savannah Branson 

      9 years ago

      This was really great I love this website you are so cool. HAHAHA I am only a 7th grader but I loved it! Will you write me back too?LOL!:)

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for dropping by, Lgali.

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      Lgali 

      9 years ago

      very nice

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, Pam, for leaving a comment. It feels good that people find time to drop by and leave a kind word.

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, Pam, for leaving a comment. It feels good that people find time to drop by and leave a kind word.

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      Pam Roberson 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you for sharing such valuable information about writing a poem. :) Your poem is beautiful. :) I don't think I'm anywhere near ready to write a poem about love, but I think what you've shared are basic principles for any type of emotion.

      Nice hub! :)

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      Francia 

      9 years ago

      Hi roastedpinebark,

      Thanks for visiting this page and leaving an inspiring comment.

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      Francia 

      9 years ago

      Hi roastedpinebark,

      Thanks for visiting this page and leaving an inspiring comment.

    • roastedpinebark profile image

      roastedpinebark 

      9 years ago from Iowa

      Whenever I get the hype up to actually write a poem, its always after reading some incredible work that inspires me. This hub page reminded me of the perfect things that I can use: my feelings. Thank you for this hub!

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      i read your comment to one of my poems. thanks :D

    • Paraglider profile image

      Dave McClure 

      9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Good advice there, Francia. Thanks for this one :)

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Christine,

      Thanks for dropping by to read my hub. I will share more of my poems in this site.

      franciaonline

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      Francia  

      9 years ago

      Hi Cris A.,

      Thanks for dropping by. It's good to know that you're from the Philippines.

      Please share your poems here at Hubpages. I am looking forward to them.

      franciaonline

    • christine almaraz profile image

      christine almaraz 

      9 years ago from colorado springs

      Lovely poem.

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Great great great hub! I'm a frustrated poet and this will come in handy! Lovely lovely poem, though a tad sad - i think bittersweet is the word! Thanks for sharing! btw, i'm from the Phil too :D

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

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