Happy Valentine’s Day

It’s been a gloomy Valentine’s Day weather-wise in downtown Fort Worth, but love is always bright and shinny, isn’t it?  Well, at least at the beginning. Not to be cynical, but optimistic, Annie is grateful for the chocolates and flowers gifted to her and hopes each and every one of you has the love of a special person, family, and/or friends, even a pet, on this special day.

Poetry seems to go hand-in-hand with flowers and chocolates in her mind. She just had to share Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet written to her husband and fellow poet Robert.They married a little later than most people of their era and found ever-lasting love.
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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Annie Ambles enjoys a romantic day and poetry

[Previous sonnet]

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