Love Song

I do not love you like the ocean,

I’m much too scared of drowning.

Instead I love you like a battered paperback,

small enough to pocket

on walks from dorm rooms to lecture halls.

I love like the blanket my housemate bought me,

too pink to be polite

but a soft cucoon against my skin

warm on cold winter nights.

I love you like anything that can be forgotten

tucked away or to one side,

but hangs around in the quiet moments

still very much alive.

I do not love you like life itself,

but I love you a little like breath.

In the same way that I do not think about it,

in the same way that to not would be nonsense

in the same way that I don’t know how to stop

without the pressure in my chest building

to a point where I think I might shatter me pieces.

I suppose I love you a little like breathing.

I do not love you like the ocean though.

With you I have never been afraid of drowning.

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21 Comments

    1. It was a wonderful prompt and I loved the examples. Writing my own piece turned out to be trickier thought and I ended up trying to pull out some really concrete imagery as I felt like a few of my past attempts were getting lost in trying to be too poetic

  1. I love the contrasts in your poem. This line is wonderful…
    I do not love you like life itself,
    but I love you a little like breath.
    Dwight

  2. The first five lines could stand on their own as a pocket love poem, Carol – I love them! The whole poem is so gentle and intimate poem, and it speaks from the heart. I also love the final line. 🙂

  3. A fresh love poem, Carol. I especially like these lines:

    In the same way that I do not think about it,

    in the same way that to not would be nonsense

    in the same way that I don’t know how to stop

  4. this is absolutely breathtaking, I love that you managed to make me understand true love even though I’ve never actually been in love! Your writing is honestly wonderful, keep it up! 🙂

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