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How do I,
Why do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.

I love you because you listen
I love you even when your life is too loud,
And you can’t spare a moment to hear me speak.

I love you, even when you ignore me.
I love you, when you don’t have the words to say you understand.

I love you when you’re my friend
I love you when you’re my heart’s desire.
I love you when all I can think about is your flesh next to mine-
Just your flesh,
Not even the metaphor of all you are to me.

I love you though you’re not mine
I love you because there are no guarantees.
I love you because love is worth it.

I love you because this road is worth following,
Even when I can’t see the end.

I love you because someday
I’ll give you all my poems, in a box,
And say, take your time.

I’ll love you whether you are mine or not.
And I love you because you always are and have always been.

I love you like I love the mountains or trees
Things that can fall, or perish so long after me.

You’re like the sky, and I’m a dot, a bird.
And sometimes I am the ocean and you are a fish.

I love you because we count the same stars
I love you because we listen to the same music.

I love you because
You’re my hero
Even when you don’t save me.

I love you because my love is perfect
Because you are not.

I love you because you’re real and this is my real life-
I love you because you’re a person
I love you because you’re not my fantasy
You’re my dream come true, and much more.

I love you because
Even though I don’t know
If you will ever love me-
If you can ever have me, the way that I want,
If our paths will cross in the right direction-
I love you because you love me,
And I love you with all that’s real, and blessed, and true and free.

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