another love poem without the word in it

before babel
there was a word
for this me you raise

not from anything dead
but sleeping
& deep

this me that answers
& opens

every word
ever spoken
in any language

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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50 Responses to another love poem without the word in it

  1. sonofwalt says:

    I love when I catch one of these little gems right after you hit the publish button. I really like your choice of lining. Each line and combined lines stress just the right words.
    Before Babel
    there was a word.

    Well done!

  2. jmgoyder says:

    When I was teaching I used to say to the students, “if you are going to write about love, do not use the word,” so they would use words like ‘adore’, ‘heartbreak’ – they didn’t get it. I should have had you as a guest speaker!

  3. Trent Lewin says:

    Great stuff Susan. Love the opening especially.

  4. unfetteredbs says:

    but sleeping and deep.. YES.

  5. Love speaks a language all of it own and has no need of words to be understood and you have captured that right here in this piece Susan. So beautiful.

  6. I lke this. The sheer speechlessness of being in love. I may be an old fogey, but I can remember

  7. lovely – prompted this

    before and beyond Babel
    that silent voice bubbles on
    bounding and bouncing
    in bundles of beautiful
    babble that unbundle, bare
    and bond me
    with no words spoken
    not needing nor heeding
    any spoken word

  8. Green Speck says:

    this was quite a different sort of love poem 🙂

  9. brian miller says:

    ah this is lovely….the inclusion of babel puts it into a spiritual context for me as well…which rings of an even deeper love to me….love it…

  10. claudia says:

    i love love poems without the word love in it…the word
    for this me you raise…only love can do this…

  11. Miriam E. says:

    beautiful. love this one as well as the duet! such great talent…

  12. kelly says:

    this is perfection.

  13. hedgewitch says:

    Your first and last lines loop the image together loosely and intricately both, like hand-weaving. For some unknown reason, I get a vibe of a sea anemone, opening and closing with that slo-mo National Geographic style pulse.

  14. nelle says:

    Zombie love, heh. Oh, I’m feeling mischievous about now, but I’ll be good. Another superior work, Susan.

  15. Kelvin S.M. says: solemn to read… and the feeling is good… ’tis like a psalm that i need to feel more than to grasp…

  16. Leo says:

    Lovely…what else can I say! Leo

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