I couldn’t possibly do a National Poetry Month focus on love poems without sharing this poem. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but it bears rereading. It’s so sweet and loving and (for poetry) straightforward. What are some characteristics of your significant other that bring you joy?
To My Dear and Loving Husband
by Anne Bradstreet
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay;
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persever, [sic]
That when we live no more we may live ever.