Academic journal article et Cetera

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Define My Terms

Academic journal article et Cetera

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Define My Terms

Article excerpt

By 'how' I mean not only to what extent but also by what actions.

Not only the degree but also the mechanism.

Not only the "feeling" but also the "thought."

By love' I refer to the extraordinary process of connection

that grows out of the mutual discovery of self and other,

and the fundamental sense of self-worth that comes from

the unconditional acceptance of another.

By 'thee' I mean your own sweet self, not as I have dreamed you,

but as you have shown to me in countless hours of conversation,

the person that radiates out from your very core, brilliant and bright.

With terms thus defined, I answer my original query

How do I love thee?

I choose to love thee in the same way that I have chosen

to give meaning to my life, as the willful act of a sentient entity.

Where no meaning exists, I assign it. Where no love exists, I create it.

I choose to see beauty in your eyes and hear wisdom in your words,

to build within me a structure of belief that holds you dear,

to lay down the pathways that lead my thoughts ever back to you. …

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