Love on the Mind

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I’d have thought winter break would have been a great time for me to write, but wedding planning ended up consuming a lot of my time. I am working on a satirical poem based on wedding registry experiences this break. I hope to have it finished tomorrow so that I can post it. I’ve been behind on writing my own poems and want to get back on track!

In the meantime, love has been on my mind as the clock ticks down to my own wedding this summer. A few weeks ago, I found a book in a second-hand store (Brown Elephant, Oak Park) called Wedding Reading: Centuries of Writing and Rituals for Love and Marriage. After a first read, there were a few poems that I marked as possible readings for our ceremony, but nothing really called to me. However, a second read of one of the poems has changed my opinion. The poem is called Sonnet XIV by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from Sonnets from the Portuguese. First, I love that it’s a sonnet; second, I love the message behind the poem. I’m hoping we can use this for a reading because it’s quite lovely.

Sonnet 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, Beloved, 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 mayest love on, through love’s eternity.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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