Keep Love in the Air

I noted in the beginning the month (It’s over already??) that perhaps we can carry Valentine’s Day sentiments about love into the rest of the year. And these sentiments include love between lovers, love between friends, love between family members, love between co-workers, and even love between  strangers, which may occuroccasionally if we are lucky.

So here are two quotes from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Cryptoquote page and two love poems I wrote when I first met my husband in 2003 and married in 2004. Since we met right before Valentine’s Day, this holiday has taken on a special meaning for me.

Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.
— Antoine de Saint Exupery  (Phila.Inquirer 2/9/15)

Aug. 9, 2003

My Love, he is so handsome;
For him, I’d pay a ransom.
I’d keep him dressed in precious jewels
And help him break love’s silly rules.

My Love, he is so kind
A gentle, precious find.
For him I’d tilt windmills
And dance on wide windowsills.

His love is such a miracle;
No question is too empirical.
His touch fills me with splendor
Men can be a gentle gender.

His Yang matches my Yin
Oh, it’s a love stew I’m in.
So delicious from appetizer to dessert,
My heart is on perpetual alert.

My Love, he is so handsome;
For him, I’d gladly pay a ransom
And keep him my prisoner ev’ry day
Ah, yes, sometimes Love, like crime, does pay!


Alan & I under the chuppah (wedding canopy) on our wedding day in Oct. 2004


Late Love*
By ellen sue for alan

So late in Life to fall in love
Is nothing short of scared.
But day & nite he’s on my mind:
So much already shared.

His tender touch & kind, kind words
Have speared my heart for good,
Cherished by this Philly Jake
As on hope’s end I stood.

So late in Life to mine this gem
Is nothing short of daring.
But nite & day he’s in my heart….
The two of us are sharing

Something special & divine
The holy moment’s here.
I’m drunk on lovers’ heady wine
Hip, hip, hooray, I cheer!

I won’t give up or stay away
From Life’s affirming stance.
Step out of Darkness into Light
They’re playing our song—let’s dance!

*From a book of the same title by Eileen Simpson- I included this poem because Menopause & I wanted to share that you’re never too old to fall in love.

Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one that is loved.
— Christopher Paul Rubero (2/11/15 Phl. Inq.)

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