What to Say – (For Valentine’s Day) – from the Poetry archive

Woman Beach And Sea

What do you say
when she asks
“How do I know you love me?”

Don’t say
“I don’t;
I only love your ass.”

Don’t say
“You have to ask?”
She does; she just did.

“You should know by now”
doesn’t work.
Simply because she doesn’t.

“I’m still here in the morning”
is much too snarky
for someone you love.

You live with her questions, her insecurities
her doubts; you try to help
but know you can’t.

You can no more assuage her doubt
than explain why a sock is lost
or why the sky is blue.

“You will know I love you
when you leave me; watch me from afar;
then you will know”.




About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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2 Responses to What to Say – (For Valentine’s Day) – from the Poetry archive

  1. beetleypete says:

    Just perfect, Frank. (Made me well-up!)
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Great lines in this one! 😆


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