Short Love Poems:
Brief but Sweet

Short Love Poems provide sweet inspiration in a minimum of time. Toast the person you're dating with "A Drinking Song" by Yeats or pay homage to your spouse with T.S. Eliot's "A Dedication to My Wife." Whether you're just dating or in a long term relationship, you'll find a poem that's right for you.

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The Kiss

'I saw you take his kiss!' 'Tis true.'
"O, modesty!' 'Twas strictly kept:
He thought me asleep; at least I knew
He thought I thought he thought I slept."

Coventry Patmore~

Lyce

Go, said old Lyce, senseless love, go,
And with soft verses court the fair; but know.
With all thy verses thou can'st get no more
Than fools without one verse have had before.
Enraged at this, upon the bawd I flew,
And that which most enraged me was, 'twas true.

~William Walsh~

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Go, said old Lyce, senseless love, go,
And with soft verses court the fair; but know.
With all thy verses thou can'st get no more
Than fools without one verse have had before.
Enraged at this, upon the bawd I flew,
And that which most enraged me was, 'twas true.

~Lyce

This living hand, now warm and capable Of earnest grasping, would, if it were cold And in the icy silence of the tomb, So haunt thy days and chill thy dreaming nights That thou wouldst wish thine own heart dry of blood So in my veins red life might stream again, And thou be conscience-calmed - see here it is -- I hold it towards you.

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OF BEAUTY

Let us use it while we may
Snatch those joys that haste away!
Earth her winter coat may cast,
And renew her beauty past:
But, our winter come, in vain
We solicit spring again;
And when our furrows snow shall cover,
Love may return but never lover.

~Sir Richard Fanshawe~

A Drinking Song

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.

~ W.B. Yeats

PENAL LAW

Burn Ovid with the rest. Lovers will find
A hedge-school for themselves and learn by heart
All that the clergy banish from the mind,
When hands are joined and head bows in the dark.

~ Austin Clark

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SYMPTOMS OF LOVE

Love is a universal migraine,
A bright stain on the vision
Blotting out reason.

Symptoms of true love
Are leanness, jealousy,
Laggard dawns;

Are omens and nightmares -
Listening for a knock,
Waiting for a sign:

For a touch of her fingers
In a darkened room,
For a searching look.

Take courage, lover! Can you endure such grief
At any hand but hers?

~ Robert Graves

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~T.S. Eliot

A DEDICATION TO MY WIFE

To whom I owe the leaping delight
That quickens my senses in our wakingtime
And the rhythm that governs the repose of our sleepingtime,
The breathing in unison

Of lovers whose bodies smell of each other
Who think the same thoughts without need of speech
And babble the same speech without need of meaning.

No peevish winter wind shall chill
No sullen tropic sun shall wither
The roses in the rose-garden which is ours and ours only

But this dedication is for others to read:
These are private words addressed to you in public.

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~Elizabeth Jennings~

WINTER LOVE

Let us have winter loving that the heart
May be in peace and ready to partake
Of the slow pleasure spring would wish to hurry
Or that in summer harshly would awake,
And let us fall apart, O gladly weary,
The white skin shaken like a white snowflake.

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SHE TELLS HER LOVE WHILE HALF ASLEEP

She tells her love while half-asleep,
In the dark hours,
With half-words whispered low:
As Earth stirs in her winter sleep
And puts out grass and flowers
Despite the snow,
Despite the falling snow.

~Robert Graves~


Alicante

An orange on the table
Your dress on the rug
And you in my bed
Sweet present of the present
Cool of night
Warmth of my life.

~Jacques Prevert~

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Good God, what a night that was,
The bed was so soft, and how we clung,
Burning together, lying this way and that,
Our uncontrollable passions
Flowing through our mouths.
If I only could die that way,
I'd say goodbye to the business of living.

~Petronius Arbiter~

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