You, Therefore by Reginald Shepherd

English Love Poem
Love Poem
Hemali Adhiya

There’s no better way to express love than with poems. While it is a tad old-school and archaic to woo someone with words, a love poem is still a chosen method by many who love the idea of love itself. It is amazing to read some of these lines written by some personalities. One such poem is You Therefore by Reginald Shepherd where he praises his women and compares her with the best of nature. Here’s his love poem that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

You, Therefore by Reginald Shepherd

You, Therefore

You are like me, you will die too, but not today:   
you, incommensurate, therefore the hours shine:   
if I say to you “To you I say,” you have not been   
set to music, or broadcast live on the ghost   
radio, may never be an oil painting or
Old Master’s charcoal sketch: you are
a concordance of person, number, voice,
and place, strawberries spread through your name   
as if it were budding shrubs, how you remind me   
of some spring, the waters as cool and clear
(late rain clings to your leaves, shaken by light wind),   
which is where you occur in grassy moonlight: 
and you are a lily, an aster, white trillium
or viburnum, by all rights mine, white star   
in the meadow sky, the snow still arriving
from its earthwards journeys, here where there is   
no snow (I dreamed the snow was you,
when there was snow), you are my right,
have come to be my night (your body takes on   
the dimensions of sleep, the shape of sleep   
becomes you): and you fall from the sky
with several flowers, words spill from your mouth
in waves, your lips taste like the sea, salt-sweet (trees   
and seas have flown away, I call it
loving you):
home is nowhere, therefore you,   
a kind of dwell and welcome, song after all,   
and free of any eden we can name
This love poem is mesmerizing in the truest sense and it creates quite a tingle as you come closer to the end.
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