Sunday, October 31, 2010

Poem #44

I wish I could show you
what you let me see:
happiness, loveliness, infinity.
2/25/02010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Poem #43

Your face is why I
open my eyes each morning
to seek happiness
2/24/02010

A haiku.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Poem #42

Relaxation trumps frustration
only when you get it.
Complication trumps elation
only if you let it.
2/23/02010

Either this was written during a week when Beth was suffering from some frustration at work or it was simply an exercise in rhyme. I really can't recall.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Poem #41

When I am sick,
I try not to kiss you.
I give you some space.
I leave you a buffer.
This is a trick,
but there is an issue:
my lips miss your face
in hopes you won't suffer.
2/22/02010

I must have been suffering from a cold when I wrote this one.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Poem #40

Your smallest part
is dear to my heart,
even if that part is shrinking.
Your funniest twitches
have had me in stitches,
so I'm glad you practised your winking.
2/21/02010

My darling wife was in the process of losing lots of weight. As of now, she's down by a bit more than 140 lbs. and is very nearly at her goal. She's amazing! So that's what the reference to shrinking parts is about.

The winking reference has to do with her having learned to wink, through practice, since we met. It's not a natural act for her, so it's still awkward. She knows not to pretend that it's a natural act. So she's not prone to using it in public and accidentally creeping people out with it. That's a good thing.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Poem #39

I wish I could give you much more than I'm able…
a husband with all of the charm of Clark Gable,
a great fancy chair at a great fancy table,
your very own horse in its very own stable,
a heroic role in a wonderful fable.
2/20/02010

Five rhyming words. I think this would be my record holder even if I hadn't resorted to using a celebrity's name. For those of you who are too young to know who Clark Gable is, you have the internet. Look him up!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Poem #38

If I took all of your kisses
and put them in a vault,
you could hardly blame me.
Really, not my fault.

I treasure all those kisses.
They're more than I could earn.
The trick to ever deserving them
is more than I can learn.
2/19/02010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Poem #37

I love your eyes
with their ever-changing hues.
I love that you love me
even if it's just a ruse.

I love the turned up curls
at the corners of your smile.
I'm glad that you've loved me
even if just for a while.
2/18/02010

There's my famous insecurity rearing its ugly head.

I'm really shocked at how many of these are love poems! If you're sticking around waiting for something that doesn't fit into that category, I admire your persistence. We'll get there. Eventually.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Poem #36

Roses are red.
Pansies are pink.
I love you more
than you ever think.
2/17/02010

Formulaic, no?

You got a problem with that?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Poem #35

When you touch me
with frozen hands,
it's always nice;
not because I like the cold
but because I love your caress.
2/16/02010

Sometimes my darling wife's hands are freezing! Here I've acknowledged that.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Poem #34

I have loved you ever since
you were younger.
I will love you even when
you are older.
You are older now than
I was when we fell in love.
But I will never be younger
than you are now.
2/15/02010

Not my best. I'm pretty confident in saying that.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Poem #33

I is for the infinite love I have for you.

L is for the lips you let me kiss you on.
O is for your ojos. (That translates to "eyes".)
V is for the vision that you put in mine.
E is for enjoying all my time with you.

Y is for yesterdays and tomorrows, too.
O is for only you, who are my lovely wife.
U is for unique. (That's what you are.)
2/14/02010

An acrostic. Why not? I'm trying to keep up a one-a-day pace here!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Poem #32

I have noticed recently
that I have started
to laugh like you,
with no intention
of doing so.
I guess you influence
me in ways I never
would have anticipated.
2/13/02010

A true story. And the thing is that if you asked me to consciously mimic Beth's laugh without having just heard it, I would be unable to do so. But when I hear it, I know it. Even when I hear it from myself.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Poem #31

This may sound corny and sappy
— as if I'm taking you for a ride —
when they ask me how to be happy,
the best response I can provide
— better than puppy breath —
has to do with my wife:
Be sure to marry Beth
— my trick for the happiest life.
2/12/02010

Another gushy love poem.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Poem #30

A penguin will fly through the water;
a pelican flies through the air;
you've flown as far as Texas;
but an emu can't fly anywhere.
2/11/02010

Beth was quick to point out that she has flown farther than to Texas. The flight to Las Vegas brought her even farther from home. Oh well! It wouldn't change the rhyme scheme or the meaning of the poem. Still, I feel as if I should present the original wording of the poem even if it's flawed.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Poem #29

with your history
of throwing games
of miniature golf
with the intention
of making me more confident
in my ability
to hold my own
with you, I sometimes wonder
whether you have chosen
to surrender anything
of your identity
to try
to make yourself fit
into some notion
of what you think I am looking for.
I hope not.
2/10/02010

On our first vacation together [when Beth was my boss; long before I had any idea that we would end up together romantically and long after she claims to have known that we would marry], we went miniature golfing. I got terribly upset at discovering that she wasn't competing to the best of her ability and was, instead, playing intentionally ineptly. This was some silly misguided ploy of hers. Something to do with believing that men can't be comfortable with losing in sporting competition to women. She wanted my ego to come away unbruised, as I understand it. Ridiculous!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Poem #28

Jewelry has metals
and flowers have petals,
and some people like them a lot.
But one thing that's true,
sure as Elmer's makes glue:
they just don't have what you've got.
2/9/02010

I think this may be among my best.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Poem #27

When the sky falls out from beneath my feet
and the ground is too high up to touch
you'll still always be my magnetic true north
where I'll find you, I love you that much.
2/8/02010

See what I did there? Not too shabby, I think.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Poem #26

I researched my condition.
Why consult a physician?
This is my diagnosis:
chilblains. Good is my prognosis!
I know this poem is not so romantic.
At least there's no reason to get frantic.
My toes will not fall off my feet!
Maybe you'll think that's sweet.
2/7/02010

I've recovered. Hooray!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Poem #25

I'll be dead by morning,
with hardly any warning.
Sharing my final day
with you is the only way
I would go if I had my say.
2/6/02010

This was when I had a mysterious ailment causing problems with my feet. Hence, the speculation about my impending death. Not to worry. I didn't die that night. For the diagnosis and prognosis, check out tomorrow's poem.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Poem #24

I love you without regret.
I hope you do not forget.
I love you without remorse.
I hope you don't want a horse.
I love you with plenty of reason.
I hope you don't think that's treason.
2/5/02010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Poem #23

Remember that time you told me a joke?
I remember the time you gave me a poke.
Remember the time when you sang me a song?
I remember one time when I sang along.
Remember the time when you drove a car?
I remember hoping you wouldn't go far.
Remember that time when I wrote you a verse?
You might've thought it couldn't get worse.
2/4/02010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Poem #22

When I wake up in the morning
and discover that I have been sleeping on my side
I take stock of my brain
to see which parts have not
leaked out through my ear.
I am always most pleased to discover
that the parts dedicated to loving you
are still firmly in place,
right where they belong.
2/3/02010

The backstory: I have a horrible memory. This has long been a bit of a private joke with my darling wife. One day, years ago, I said something about how my brain must have leaked out of my head while I was sleeping on my side. I was very proud of myself for formulating such a clever idea. But Beth told me that it was not actually my own original idea. According to her, it was something she had said about me some time earlier. Though I have absolutely no recollection of her version of the idea's origin. Like I said, I have a horrible memory.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Poem #21

If I were able to fly
to the stratosphere
of my own power,
I would only ever try
to bring myself near
to you, my flower.
2/2/02010

I'm especially proud of what I did with the rhyme scheme here. Say mean things if you like. But the worst you can do is to crush my spirit.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Poem #20

Maybe
every step I ever walk
and every word I ever talk
and every stroke I ever swam
and every me I ever am
are especially for you.
2/1/02010

I like the structure of this one. Two rhyming pairs sandwiched between a couple of "free verse" lines.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Poem #19

What is the value of a poem
compared to the tender touch
of my lips on your slumbering cheek?
1/31/02010

The haiku variation:


what worth is a verse
compared to the tender touch
of lips to your cheek?

I like the haiku variation more than the original.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Poem #18

Tomorrow is the next day
when today's been lost in time…
lost except in memory
when I was glad you're mine.
1/30/02010

I don't think this one's worded particularly well. Plus it involves forced rhyme. Not my finest moment.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Poem #17

Just as the tallest branches touch the distant sky,
so does my love reach to you wherever you are.
1/29/02010

I'm really sappy, no?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Poem #16

Your smile is the best part of my day.
Or maybe it's your touch.
Perhaps it's your kiss.
But I suppose it might be your laugh.
I guess it might be your voice.
You are the best part of my day.
Every day.
1/28/02010

Back to gushy. This one's sort of linked with #10. I'll let you decide which you think is better.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Poem #15

It made me so sad when you busted your knee.
I'm glad that you've enjoyed a recovery.
I hope you won't need to resort to crutches
to escape from your arch enemy's clutches.
1/27/02010

My darling wife dislocated her patella, which was horribly painful. This poem was a celebration of her recovery from that injury. This one's not particularly gushy, I think.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Poem #14

You are the center of my orbit.
Without your pull,
I would fly off
in some random direction,
aimless,
lost
forever.
1/26/02010

What's this? Two consecutive non-rhyming poems! Just hold on a while and soon we'll get to one of those poems that isn't a gushy love poem. Really. It's coming.