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How Do I Love Thee?
JTC (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

How Do I Love Thee?

how do
i love thee?

i love thee
till i take to
every street
you walked
to get a feel
of you

a self-serving
delusion
i drown
myself in
to get you
close to me

i love thee
till i listen,
read, juggle
in each thing
you told me
me about
to live up
to your
dream

your love
sweeps
through
me like
a tsunami

builds up
a greater me

cured sloth, inertia

i love thee till
i am left
soaked, cold,
on an empty street

but ever strong
- inspired
by your words -
to take on
life challenges

if i could move
the world
i could have moved
it for you
even to the farthest star

i swear

inspired by

How Do I Love Thee?
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Comments (1)

I love the line about measuring every street you walked.