Our Meditation Love Poem for Valentine’s Day

I wrote Our Meditation Love Poem, about 4 ½ years ago, and decided to post it now, for Valentine’s Day. I was visiting my sweetheart during the week at her care facility and wrote the poem and story behind it that Saturday, September 4, 2010, almost 4 ½ months after she moved in.

OurMeditationLovePoemForSali

I was remembering the meditation we had this week; my chest area filled up with a great inner warmth and bliss of loving you. Tonight, I was listening to Leonard Cohen singing his songs of love, and started writing this poem from that memory, that feeling, and also remembered the quote in the film, Tristan and Isolde, when he is dying and he says to her, “You were right—life is greater than death, but love is greater than either.” He was referring to what she had said when they first met, about following your heart, and that love in one’s life fills up what would otherwise be an empty shell of duty and honor, quoting John Donne’s The Good Morrow, where he writes:

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appeares,
And true plaine hearts doe in the faces rest,
…..
If our two loves be one, or, thou and I
Love so alike, that none doe slacken, none can die.

So I came up with this poem, Our Meditation Love Poem. I found myself writing a 17-syllable line, the sum of a haiku in 3 lines. I liked the flow and decided to make each line 17 syllables long, each one having its own internal rhythm and flow. I wanted to write 11 lines for some reason, maybe thinking there were 11 syllables in each line. But now I remember there are 17. But I would then have to write 6 more lines, and right now I can’t see it. I naturally divided them into 2 stanzas of 4 lines each followed by a stanza of 3 at the end. It seems to have worked well.

Related: See this for : i carry your heart with me by e.e. cummings. And This Quiet Love, a #LovePoem from Kenny, for Sally on #ValentinesDay. Enjoy reading other beautiful love poems posted on The Uncarved Blog.

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6 Responses to “Our Meditation Love Poem for Valentine’s Day”

  1. Valerie Gangas Says:

    So beautiful Ken.

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  2. Pablo Garrido Says:

    Kenny,
    I do not have words to describe the very beautiful feeling
    I had after read your Meditation love Poem for Sally.
    I sent you another reply how Pablo Neruda react from your Sally’s poems.

    Happy Valentine Day!

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  3. B Steven Verney Says:

    Very beautiful Kenny. You have a great gift of expressing your feelings through poetry, a beautiful, big heart full of love, and a wise, steady mind that witnesses the flow.

    Many thanks for sharing with all of us.

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    • Ken Chawkin Says:

      Thank you, Steve. I found it in a file and looked at it with fresh eyes and thought to post it, especially today. I read it to Sali and posted it on her bulletin board.
      Love,
      Ken

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