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LOVE POEMS & POETRY

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Love isn't meant to be easy. It doesn't appear on command. It doesn't let you fall for whomever you'd like. It surfaces neither at the most opportune moment nor in the most convenient. It'll pair you with someone you might never have expected. It'll put you face to face with endless obstacles. But in the end, none of that will matter because it's how you overcome its obstacles that will define your love. It may not be practical, but love is ultimately the best thing that will ever happen to you.

Love Poems & Romantic Poetry

You will find a selection of romantic love poems at Poem4Today.

An ode is a poem written to praise or lavish affection or admiration upon a person, place, thing, or accomplishment.

Odes are "songs of praise" which can easily be used to express one's feelings about a romantic partner, in other words a love poem.

Love poems, Poems to Express Your Affection and Admiration for that Special Person

He drew a circle that shut me out.
Heretic, rebel a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win,
We drew a circle that took him in.

Here are two classic short love poems, followed by some poetry that's a little more contemporary:

Short Love Poems

A Sonnet

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough wings do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hote the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or natures changing course untrimm'd:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest,
Nor shall death brag thou wandrest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest,
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

~ William Shakespeare

Love Poem: A Seranade

Ah! County Guy, the hour is nigh
The sun has left the lea,
The orange-flower perfumes the bower,
The breeze is on the sea.
The lark, his lay who trill'd all day,
Sits hush'd his partner nigh;
Breeze, bird, and flower confess the hour,
But where is County Guy?

The village maid steals through the shade
Her shepherd's suit to hear;
To Beauty shy, by lattice high,
Sings high-born Cavalier.
The star of Love, all stars above,
Now reigns o'er earth and sky,
And high and low the influence know-
But where is County Guy?

~ Sir Walter Scott


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Love Poem: My True Love Hath My Heart and I Have His

My true love hath my heart and I have his,
By just exchange one for the other given.
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss,
There never was a better bargain driven.
My true love hath my heart and I have his.

His heart in me keeps me and him in one,
My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides:
He loves my heart, for once it was his own,
I cherish his because it in me bides.

My true love hath my heart, and I have his.

~ Sir Philip Sidney

You Are Loved

When the road seems too long,
When darkness sets in.
When everything turns out wrong,
And you can't find a friend.
Remember - you are loved.

When smiles are hard to come by,
And you're feeling down.
When you spread your wings to fly,
And you can't get off the ground.
Remember - you are loved.

When time runs out before you're through,
Abd it's over before you begin.
When little things get to you,
And you just can't win.
Remember - you are loved.

When your loved ones are far away,
And you are on your own.
When you don't know what to say.
Remember - you are loved.

When your sadness comes to an end,
And everything is going right.
May you think of your family and friends,
And keep their love in sight.
I thank you for being loved.

May you see the love around you,
In everything you do.
And when troubles seem to surround you,
May all the love shine through.

You are blessed - you are loved.

Love Poem: A Splendid Word

Love is a splendid word –
it is a dream come true.
Being the power beyond all powers –
it heals the hurt in you.

It’s like a river flowing,
greening its thirsty banks;
or like a young child praying…
offering its heart’s honest thanks.

Love’s a renewing spirit…
that falls on the desert, like rain;
your soul is refreshed by Love’s teardrops
and your life can bear fruit once again.

High on a hill we’ve a vision…
of things unseen from below.
In the world we find indecision…
from the hilltop we’re able to “know!”

Love is a boundless ocean,
deeper than you can conceive.
Its wisdom awaits your discovery –
simply open your mind and believe!

The Definition of Love

My Love is of a birth as rare
As 'tis for object strange and high:
It was begotten by Despair
Upon Impossibility

Magnanimous despair alone
Could show me so divine a thing,
Where feeble hope could ne'er have flown
But vainly flapped its tinsel wing.

And yet I quickly might arrive
Where my extended soul is fixt,
But fate does wedges drive,
And always crowds itself betwixt.

For fate with jealous eye does see
Two perfect Loves; nor lets them close:
Their union would her ruin be,
And her tyrannic power depose.

And therefore her decrees of steel
Us as the distant poles have placed,
(Though Love's whole World on us doth wheel)
Not by themselves to be embraced.

Unless the giddy Heaven fall,
And Earth some new convulsion tear;
And, us to join, the World should all
Be cramped into a planisphere.
As lines so Loves oblique may well
Themselves in every angle greet:
But ours so truly parallel,
Though infinite can never meet.

Therefore the Love which us doth bind,
But Fate so enviously debars,
Is the conjunction of the Mind,
And opposition of the Stars.

~ Andrew Marvell

True Love

When you meet that someone,
When your heart skips a beat,
When you get a warm glow,
When you're swept off your feet.

When you get a tingling,
When your senses ignite,
When your breathing quickens,
When your head's feeling light.

You're feeling excitement,
You feel your pulse rise,
You feel so immersed,
When you look in their eyes.

Your senses explode,
With only one touch,
You feel all a quiver,
It's almost too much.

You sense divine presence,
With a melding of souls,
To experience true love,
Is one of God's goals.

~ Bill Hoeneveld

An Irish Love Poem

What is Love

What is this love,- this love that makes
My heart's warm pulses quiver?
They say it is the power that wakes
The hyacinth 'mid hazel brakes,
The lilies by the river,
And that same thing that bids the dove
Sit in the pine-tree high above,
Its sweetheart wooing;
But oh! alas! wate'er it be,
It comes for my undoing!

The lily of the river side
By its sweet mate reposes
Through autumn moons and winter-tide,
To wake in love and beauty's pride
When comes the time of roses;
And in the springing of the year
The doves' sweet voices you will hear
Their vows renewing;
But oh! alas! wate'er it be,
And howsoe'er it comes to me,
It comes for my undoing!

A Parent's Love

A parent's love is something that no one can explain
It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifce and pain,
It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it or take that love away...

It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking,
It never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking
It believes beyond believing when the word around condemns
It glows with all the beauty of the rarest, brightest gems

It is far beyond defying, it defies all explanation,
It still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation.
A many splendor miracle. Man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence of Life's tender guiding hand.

You Are Love

You are a song of love we know
deep within the heart.
You are the bond that binds us
When we are far apart.

You are the strong foundation
for the home in which we live.
You are conscience and compassion,
teaching us to give.

You are the inspiration
that says to do our best.
You are the voice of reason
telling us to rest.

You are an ancient proverb
whispering wisdon in our ears.
You are a source of comfort
that quiets all our fears.

Love

Love is a friendship that has caught fire.
It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.
It is loyalty through good and bad.
It settles for less than perfection,
and makes allowances for human weakness.
Love is content with the present.
It hopes for the future and it doesn’t brood over the past.
It’s the day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems, compromises,
small disappointments, big victories,
and working toward common goals.
If you have love in your life,
it can make up for a great many things you lack.
If you don’t have it, no matter what else there is,
it is not enough, so search for it, ask God for it, and share it!

~ Author Unknown

What Is Love?

Love is the strongest feeling known an all encompassing passion
an extreme strength an overwhelming excitement

Love is trying not to hurt the other person trying not to change the other person
trying not to dominate the other person trying not to deceive the other person

Love is understanding each other listening to each other supporting each other
having fun with each other.

Love is not an excuse to stop growing not an excuse to stop making yourself better
not an excuse to lessen one's goals not an excuse to take the other person for granted.

Love is being completely honest with each other finding dreams to share
working towards common goals sharing responsibilities equally.

Everyone in the world wants to love Love is not a feeling to be taken lightly
Love is a feeling to be cherished, nurtured and cared for Love is the reason for life.

~ Susan Polis Schultz

Love Prayer

Love is patient;
love is kind;
love is not envious or boastful
or arrogant or rude.
it does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing,
but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.

The One I Love

I can't imagine my life without you...
No one to talk to when I'm feeling blue,
No one to laugh with at every day things,
No one to share all the joy that life brings.

No hand to hold as I'm walking along
No one to turn to, who's caring and strong
No goodnight kiss at the end of the day
No one to chase all my worries away.

I'd be so lost without you by my side
Like a leaf in the wind... or a shell in the tide
My reasons to smile would soon disappear
If you weren't in my life, if you weren't always near.

You are my partner, my lover, my friend
My story's beginning... my "fairy tale" end...
The one who completes me - devoted and true
And I'll spend the rest of my life loving you!

Prayer for Lovers

Dear God,
Please make our relationship a great and holy adventure.
May our joining be a sacred space.
May the two of us find rest here, a haven for our souls.
Remove from us any temptation to judge one another
or to direct one another.

Bring us what You desire for us,
And show us how You would have us be.

Thank You, dear God,
You who are the cement between us.

Thank You for this love.
Amen.

Love

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can't help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.

I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good,
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.
You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it
By being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
Being a friend means,
After all.

~ Roy Croft

Love is
a tender touch,
a warm embrace -
a smile that lights
a special face,
a quiet moment
shared by two -
a promise made,
a dream
come true.

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