No Greater Happiness

… multiples joy. When something really good happens to me it feels incomplete until I get to share it with you.

American Poet J. Russell Morrison
There is nothing
more wonderful
in the world
than the feeling
you get from sharing,
and there is no
greater happiness
than the warmth
you get from loving.

This Special Sharing

…is fertile soil for hope and belief. Upon such things trust can thrive. With you it’s easier than ever before to entrust my deepest thoughts and most profound feelings.

American writer and poet Jamie Delere
I trust you
with my secrets,
and you now know
that you can trust me
with yours.
This sharing…
This special sharing…
is one of the nicest dimensions
my life has ever known.

Imperfection and Fault Discovered

…is coming to know a person better and better while finding the mutual bond continues to grow through all the imperfection and fault discovered. The healthiest love is built on respect for what is admirable and empathy for what is not.

“An Active Noun” by TV personality and writer Fred Rogers
Love isn’t
a state of perfect caring.
It is an active noun
like struggle.
To love someone
is to strive
to accept
that person exactly
the way he or she is,
right here and now.

Kind and Understanding Way

…is in its highest form when passion simmers down and loving kindness takes the lead. Until lovers become a friends what is shared is fragile like glass and easily broken.

American composer, performer and filmmaker Meredith Monk
That inner voice
has both gentleness
and clarity.
So to get to authenticity,
you really keep going
down to the bone,
to the honesty,
and the inevitability
of something.

Sole Sovereign of a Heart

…knows no master. It is the sole sovereign of a heart. Willingly one becomes its captive and gladly serves its needs. No bondage is more sought after. No chains are more happily received.

Taken from a poem by an author unknown
The chains
of a heart
do solely bind
each other’s souls
for all of time.
The chains
are strong
and will
never break;
my hand,
my heart,
my soul
to take.

“Like This”

… is receiving beautiful words from the one with a uniquely special place in my heart: I will never abandon you. No matter what path our relationship takes. I believe to my core that you will never be mean to me. You enrich my life and are an extraordinary person that I am privileged to be close to – heart, mind and soul.

Found on-line by an anonymous author
If someone
would ask me
what a beautiful
life means,
I would lean
my head
on your shoulder,
hold you
close to me
and answer
with a smile,
“Like this.”

Sweet Flame of Then

remembered… The longer ago the heart opened to a past chapter of affection, the sweeter it is held within. Well I remember the first little teenage fire in my heart. The gentle flame of then lives in my heart alongside my love for you now.

From “The Sea-Lands by Orrick Johns
My first love
was a fair girl
With ways
forever new;
And hair
a sunlight
And eyes
a morning

Just the Same

…is a mystery the greatest detective has never solved; the smartest scientist has never deciphered; the wisest fortune-teller has never predicted; the most gifted sage has never explained. Yet, they all loved much the same as I love you.

Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley
You may not be her first,
her last, or her only.
She loved before
she may love again.
But if she loves you now,
what else matters?
So don’t hurt her, don’t change her,
don’t analyze and don’t expect more
than she can give.
Smile when she makes you happy,
let her know when she makes you mad,
and miss her when she’s not there.

Before You Have To Go

…can be spoken loudly without a single word. It’s in the smile on your face and the sparkle in your eyes when you look at me one more time before you have to go.

“Song Is So Old” by American poet Hermann Hagedorn
Song is so old,
Love is so new —
Let me be still
And kneel to you.
Let me be still
And breathe no word,
Save what my warm blood
Sings unheard.
Let my warm blood
Sing low of you —
Song is so fair,
Love is so new!

Loving the Distance

…is patient and tolerant. It allows one to give the other person time and space to work through things alone. Standing by while ready to offer support and help at any moment is one of the greatest illustrations of love (you have proven it to me).

By German poet Rainer Maria Rilke
Once the realization
is accepted
that even between
the closest human beings
infinite distances continue,
a wonderful living side by side
can grow, if they succeed
in loving the distance
between them
which makes it possible
for each to see the other
whole against the sky.