"I Only Love You"


I only love you like an orchid, or a diamond,

or the waves crashing against the pier at night.

I don't love you as if you are necessary,

vital, my one and only treasure.


I love you as I do the nightingale

that sings so sweetly but lives a short life;

your love helps to feed my soul,

and stops the loneliness, yet it is love I can find elsewhere.


I love you without need, or purpose, or time.

I love you as something that I simply want, crave;

so I love you because I have no other choice


than this: if you were ever to leave, or I,

there would be a deep wound in me,

but I would keep breathing.