Romance – Poems and Songs

Originally, I wrote this in honor of my 50th wedding anniversary. Of course, I was divorced long ago and, even if I had not divorced, my ex-husband is no longer alive, so it wasn’t a real anniversary. Instead, I think this is better dedicated to lovers!



Regardless of the disclaimers, love is one of the best things about being alive, and a big part of life’s memories.

The Quiet World
Jeffrey McDaniel

In an effort to get people to look
into each other’s eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred
and sixty-seven words, per day.

When the phone rings, I put it to my ear
without saying hello. In the restaurant
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way.

Late at night, I call my long distance lover,
proudly say
I only used fifty-nine today.
I saved the rest for you.

When she doesn’t respond,
I know she’s used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.

Falling in love is a very strange thing. Sometimes painful, all-consuming, occasionally transcendent.

After a while, you move on from falling in love to “Loving Someone”.

“When you graduate from “Being In Love” to “Loving Someone” you understand – Love is not about owning, Love is about wanting the best for them, It’s about seeing or Helping them achieve great heights, with or without you. Love is not what you say, it’s what you do.”

Growing old with you…

There’s nothing I would rather do,
than to grow old in love with you,
the fun that being with you brings,
our memories made of little things,
the talks we have, the jokes we share,
the hugs, the kisses here and there…
what better reason could there be,
to ask you to grow old in love with me.


There are other kinds of love, of course, some better, but different. Today romance is on my brain.

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
By John Donne

As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls, to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
“The breath goes now,” and some say, “No:”

So let us melt, and make no noise,
No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;
‘Twere profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love.

Moving of th’ earth brings harms and fears;
Men reckon what it did, and meant;
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.

Dull sublunary lovers’ love
(Whose soul is sense) cannot admit
Absence, because it doth remove
Those things which elemented it.

But we by a love so much refin’d,
That ourselves know not what it is,
Inter-assured of the mind,
Care less, eyes, lips, and hands to miss.

Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to airy thinness beat.

If they be two, they are two so
As stiff twin compasses are two;
Thy soul, the fix’d foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if the’ other do.

And though it in the centre sit,
Yet when the other far doth roam,
It leans, and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.

Such wilt thou be to me, who must
Like th’ other foot, obliquely run;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end, where I begun.

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
By E. E. Cummings
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

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11 Responses to Romance – Poems and Songs

  1. Lucille says:

    Classic Film Couples | Can’t Help Falling In Love

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  2. BigMamaTEA says:

    Mornin’ stellars! What a beautiful tribute to love today. Thank you Stella.

    Happy Valentine’s Day all……..

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Lucille says:

    Songwriters: Elmer Bernstein / Johnny Mercer

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  4. Lucille says:

    This morning in my email was a card from the only old boyfriend I’m still in contact with…largely because most are gone now. Steve and I have remained friends since I first met him back in the late 60s. What a sweet gesture to send me a card. He said one of his fondest memories is our sitting on my big living room couch, his head in my lap as I read him poetry. I sent him a heartfelt thank you. He recently had a birthday (84th, I think), is in great health, travels the world.

    Some other guy pals/dear ones, if any curiosity about them pops up, I can look up online. Only one lovely male in that category I regret having lost through my own neglect. We met in a restaurant when he had the waiter take a note to my table where I was having lunch with a gal pal. The note said, “Who are you? I really want to know.” Haha–he loved a well-written, intriguing line! His recent photos show what a handsome old man he is. I hope he’s been personally very happy through the years. Career has been so-so, but he was wise with his investments when I knew him and I assume he’s lived a good life financially.

    Still…”regrets…I’ve had a few, but then again too few to mention.”

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  5. Lucille says:

    Enjoy the sincere, loving introduction to this vid of beautiful music…

    Rewrite The Stars (Piano/Cello/Violin Cover) -The Greatest Showman – The Piano Guys

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  6. Menagerie says:

    Perfect post for today Stella. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Liked by 4 people

  7. lovely says:

    Happy Valentine’s day Stellars.

    Liked by 2 people

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