And another bit of poetry

Another poem based on a famous verse, treated with total disrespect. Do let me know what you think

How Do I Love You?

(Sonnets From The Portuguese XLIII, Elizabeth Barrett Browning: number 25)

How do I love you? Let me count the ways.

I love you when the mundane morning chorus

Of the prattling radio awakes us

And you mine the duvet likes it’s the End of Days.

I love you when you leave me at the station

To walk home in the rain, dripping clothes and oaths.

I love you for understanding what no one else knows

In my silences and wordless impatience.

I love you for laughing at oft-told stories

Never querying my many variations.

I love you for ignoring my aberrations

And allowing me my unworthy glories.

And if grief comes to me, dripping slow

I will love you more than you will ever know.


 

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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31 Responses to And another bit of poetry

  1. willowdot21 says:

    I love this poem of yours, I believe it to be true…. Lovely photos of Dog. πŸ’œ

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  2. Ritu says:

    He he! Another funny take, His Geoffleship!

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  3. Lovely poem and doggie pic

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  4. Ruth says:

    A very modern take on the original, and I absolutely love it! πŸ™‚

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  5. arlingwoman says:

    I love this poem. I don’t think it’s disrespectful to the original at all, but updates it nicely.

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  6. Mick Canning says:

    Works beautifully, Geoff.

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  7. George says:

    Lovely stuff!

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  8. Yep – that’s love.

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  9. Elizabeth says:

    You thoughtfully didn’t stray too far from the original to ruin it!

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  10. Delightful! And everything goes better with a dose of Dog at the end. πŸ˜‰

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  11. JT Twissel says:

    Lol! Only a dog has that kind of love! Well done.

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