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 several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. 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


  2. Ritu says:

    He he! Another funny take, His Geoffleship!


  3. Lovely poem and doggie pic


  4. Ruth says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  5. arlingwoman says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Mick Canning says:

    Works beautifully, Geoff.


  7. George says:

    Lovely stuff!


  8. Yep – that’s love.


  9. Elizabeth says:

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


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


  11. JT Twissel says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

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