Love Poem


My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this past Monday. I wrote him this, my first love poem, in honor of the occasion.

Love Poem

If I wrote a list of my favorite things
owls would perch there
as would the seed heads of dandelions
with their wind-wild confetti parties
I’d jot down twisting wisps of dawn-lit fog
dew-bedecked spider webs and
the first chorus of the spring peepers
along with bloom-laden stalks of hollyhocks
the scents of balsam and cinnamon
and the echoing cry of a loon
Then, above them all,
there’s that spot on your neck
beneath your left ear
and your scent that rises as I lean in
to press my lips there
the constellation of freckles on your shoulders
and the solid warmth of you beside me
at the close of every day

Molly Hogan ©2019

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Mary Lee Hahn at her blog, A Year of Reading . She’s sharing a wonderful original poem entitled “I Am Not”, inspired by a Naomi Shihab Nye prompt. This week many others are also sharing poems with a Naomi Shihab Nye theme. Stop by to check them out!

32 thoughts on “Love Poem

  1. haitiruth says:

    Oh Molly, this is so sweet! You and I got married the same year, and I still have a few more weeks to work on my love poem for my husband. Thanks for the inspiration! Yours is really beautiful. Happy anniversary! Ruth,

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  2. Linda Mitchell says:

    Beautiful…he is one fortunate husband to be the recipient of this poem. Happy Anniversary to you!

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  3. Amy Warntz says:

    A beautiful poem, Molly. And congratulations on your 30th wedding anniversary!

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  4. lindabaie says:

    This above all, one of the ‘big’ things, love, Molly. It’s beautiful! Happy Anniversary!

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  5. maryleehahn says:

    Happy anniversary! I like how you weave your way among the little things of nature to those beloved things “above them all.” Lucky guy, to have you!

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  6. So beautiful, Molly! Happy Anniversary!

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  7. margaretsmn says:

    Happy Anniversary, Molly. This poem is absolutely beautiful. The sensuous spot on the neck combined with the light humor of freckles shows what a wonderful, intimate, and kind marriage you have.

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  8. cvarsalona says:

    Happy Anniversary, Molly. I love how you play with words in this poem to bring vivid descriptions to mind, for example: wind-wild confetti parties. What a stirring love poem you wrote. You inspire me to go back into my poetry journal that I started for my husband when I was first married.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Carol, I’m inspired that you have a poetry journal for your husband. What a lucky guy! My husband had to wait for his first love poem until this 30th anniversary!


  9. Awww… I am a sucker for a love poem, and this one is just lovely! What a gift… congratulations to you and your husband on 30 years. xo

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  10. Tabatha says:

    Love your list, Molly! Your word choices conjure up a beautiful outer and inner world. Happy 30th!

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  11. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Happy anniversary! Your poem melts my heart–that list is simply amazing with its specificity and emotion.

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  12. This is such a tender, loving poem. Happy Anniversary!

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  13. macrush53 says:

    “Constellations of freckles…” love. Happy anniversary. My hubs and I will have known one another 30 years in January 2020.

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  14. cweichel says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary. Your poem fills me with joy. Those final lines are the perfect crescendo and release into comfort. I will never think of dandelions the same after reading,
    the seed heads of dandelions
    with their wind-wild confetti parties

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  15. Wow, Molly. Your husband must have been so touched! Did I already mention that we share the same anniversary? 🙂 I discovered someone on FB who shared the same anniversary, but I don’t think it was you. My husband and I celebrated our 23rd last Monday. Seven more to go and then maybe I’ll be able to write a poem as beautiful as yours.

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  16. What a special poem and lucky guy to have this poem written for him. I love all your loves at the beginning, and especially your ending lines,
    “and the solid warmth of you beside me
    at the close of every day.”

    Happy Anniversary to you both!

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