Category Archives: Valentine’s Week Challenge

If Thou Must Love Me

Sonnets from the Portugal: XIV
If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say
I love her for her smile … her look … her way
Of speaking gently, … for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’—
For these things in themselves, Belovèd, may
Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,—
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou may’st love on, through love’s eternity.

 Valentine’s Week Challenge: Seven Poems in Seven Days.

Day Six: Sonnet 14, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

I know most of us remember her for How do I love thee But I think this is better. Love, as I see it has been encapsulated so well in this. Love me for love, she says. 


I Crave Your Mouth: Sonnet 11

Sonnet 11 by Pablo Neruda

I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.

I hunger for your sleek laugh,
your hands the color of a savage harvest,
hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,
the sovereign nose of your arrogant face,
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,

and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,
hunting for you, for your hot heart,
like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.

Valentine’s Week Challenge: Seven Poems for Seven Days of Valentine.

Day Four: This sonnet by Pablo Neruda is simply one of my favourites. It’s so passionate and consuming, kind of like that phase of a relationship where you’re just obsessed with each other. (A bit creepy and cannibalistic, yes. But it is a momentary thing, no?)

A different kind of love.

Fairy lights
Star-lit skies
Two souls

Cold wind
Hot breaths
In his head

Paint on canvas
Promises of forever
Around her neck
An albatross

Fingers intertwined
Shining eyes
Knowledge. Power.
Love forever.

Valentine’s Week Challenge: Seven Poems for Seven Days of Valentine.

Day Three: Another Original.

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