Everyday Love: The Plan

About 2 weeks after my marriage to Jill, I left her the first of what I now call, "everyday love notes". It read simply, "Sleep on my queen and when you dream, dream me to be your king." 19 and half years, and several hundred notes later, I still find a new reason everyday to fall in love with her and I am still searching for the right words to express it.

So for the next year I am writing an "everyday love note" everyday. Honest expression of a man's love for his wife and how daily that love looks, lives and lasts.

All of these I will post here , and all of these I will write and leave for Jill.

Year in Review

I have learned a lot over the past year while trying to write each of these poems on a daily basis. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be but neither is love. There are good poems, great poems and poems that still need work...just like boening in love, there are good days, great days and days that I could have put some more work into. And even though every line is true...just like true love, sometimes it is stretch or hope that gets you there.

I hope there has been something the eveyone can relate to and draw from...I don't think my experience is too far removed when you really think about why you love the one you do. Thanks for reading and loving. Most of all, thanks to Jill, for being the women who inspired this project and daily gives me reasons to love her. I love you.


Friday, December 31, 2010

...to keep you mine

Let's celebrate love tonight
sealed with a kiss at midnight
And maybe a few dozen before
just to make sure we get it right

Let's celebrate us this year
by holding one another near
creating a safe place inside
and bringing each other here

Let's celebrate sharing this time
you give me fuel, I'll give you rhyme
I'll give my all to this endevor
trying my best to keep you mine

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Your eyes twinkle

Somehow, the stars in your eyes twinkle
with the rythm of my heart
Gazing at the windows to your souls
I can't stop what it starts

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Treasured Love

Over the years
of cheers and  tears
we remain together

Through it all
tall and small
sun and rainy weather

Me and You
made one of two
and here we are still standing

Treasured love
from heaven above
upon or hearts is landing

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Our 20th Anniversary

On this our anniversary
I would have you fall in love with me
for another 20 years

I remember the day so clearly
and how you looked so lovely
even through my tears

In my eyes you look the same
as the day you took my name
and made me your forever

You are a blessing in my life
We are eternal as husband and wife
even time itself, our bond, won't sever

Monday, December 27, 2010

My perfect thought

I think about you all the time
thoughts of love become verse and rhyme
and make their way from head, ink
sometimes faster than I can think

You are the ever present voice I hear
the shining light to quiet fear
Thoughts of you calm my soul
and keep me and my world in control

I think of you when I rise
and as I pray before I close my eyes
I think you with me when I'm alone
and never have I felt like I'm on my own

Thanks for being my waking thought
and the reason for these flowers I bought
Thanks for just being you
My perect thought personified and true.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

You are to me a gift
a life, a reason, a whispered breath
The word of peace
spoken soul to soul
The sweet release
only a lover knows
I still can't believe you are mine
and that we've lasted this long
a perfect past to a brighter time
a hurried poem to a powerful song

I will always treasure what you are
adding to  all that we may become
Our direction based on your star
our life's answer a simple sum

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Open my heart

Under the tree
is a present from me
Something I'd like to share
A gift for you
one I knew
would show you how much I care

It is the gift of heart
of doing my part
to make sure your happy each day
It is the gift of touch
when its all to much
to let you know it will be okay
It is the gift of space
when you need a place
to be quiet and on your own
It is the gift of knowing
that I will alway be owing
and never repay your love's loan

I am the gift or I trying to be
everyday for the rest of eternity
Open my heart it's for you
I know its not a lot
but it is all that I've got
I hope it will see us through

Friday, December 24, 2010

I thought I was happy.

I was living my life
yeah, doing fine
Having myself
one hell of a time
Not a worry about
what tomorrow would bring
just having fun
and doing my thing

And then came you
from out of the blue
helping me find
an even better time

You opened my world
to new horizons
lifted me higher
to see the sun rise'n
Brought me to the edge
where I thought I would fall
held me out furthur
so I could see it all

I never knew a good time
until I spent time with you
I never had a ending rhyme
to share share my poet's view

I thought I was happy
and then you came along
and gave me a life
that's worth a rock song.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

For now, tomorrow and the rest of time

I choose to build my life with you
for you are solid, steady and true
A sure foundation never to crack
made up of all the things I lack

I choose to join my heart with thine
for now, tomorrow and the rest of time
To share this moment and steal this breath
from the time I wake till I sleep in death

I choose to hold you through night
to chase the darkness into light
To make your world a better place
To create for you a safer place

I choose to have you as my wife
to walk with me through this life
To borrow and give a strength divine
for now, tomorrow and the rest of time.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The speed of love

All my life I've been running
and never able to find
anything worth the effort
anything worth my time

The came the day I ran into you
and suddenly all things changed
I had fallen and before I knew
my whole world was rearranged

Before I even heard your voice
or saw the light in your eyes
My heart had already made it's choice
to have you as its prize

Sound and light are fast indeed
and yet love beats their pace
traveling at a winged heart's speed
Love will always win the race.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

All the love I need to know

The tears in my eyes are a poor disguise
for the joy that I feel in my heart
When I am with you, I know love true
I am whole again with no missing parts

A stone in water causes ripples forever
Just as your love increases my soul

Concentric circles radiate from you
with all the love I need to know

Monday, December 20, 2010


Sing a lullaby
to me tonight
Sing of peace
and sweet release
Sing of heaven
and what was given
Sing to remind
of better times
Sing to sooth
a tempered mood
Sing to show
how far you'll go
Sing to give
Sing to live
Sing to me
a song of we

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A warm southern air

A breath of warm southern air
rushed over landscape bare
from mountain peaks to valley low
returning the living water's flow

This water flows prepares the earth
for planting seeds and giving birth
Life once dorment now awaken
the soul asleep now shaken

Our love is as this breath
shared in life and given in death
Taking over and changing season
Flowing free and giving reason

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The context of you

I am best understood in the context of you
Some find me crazy when they see what I do
I just keep on, thinking if they only knew
they would do the same things too

Safe within your life's story
my thoughts and actions receive their glory
Seen through love reflected off you
my words and deeds are now more true

Taking me out of this lover's tale
is like taking the wind from out the sail
I'd be left drifting and an empty sea
No direction and nobody to come for me

I like this place, I like being here
beside you, I have meaning
Words, Emotions, thoughts a tears
stand by themselves against you leaning.

Friday, December 17, 2010

I love the feeling

I love the feeling of your lips on mine
lost in that moment, I loose track of time
I would stay there all day if you would too
caught up in that moment just me and you

I love the feeling of our hands held tight
lost in that moment, I could stay the night
Going where you would have me go
Walking or runing, fast or slow

I love the feeling our life;s as one
lost in each other till time is done
I always want to just us two
I love the feeling of loving you

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Home and You

I enjoy ending my day
trying to find
the right way to say
I love you.

I never feel I've done enough
to show how much I care
Time flies by and days are tough
and I am not always there

Believe me when I tell you
I would rather stay close
The world can be a zoo
but home and you I love the most

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Our eyes

Our eyes seem to reflect
this love's perfect joy
By them we connect
as husband and wife, girl and boy

Never needing to be more
a complemtary pair
You walk through while I hold the door
You pause breifly to let me stare

Never feeling less then whole
a seemless shape are we
Feeding and healing each other's soul
Reeling and casting out to sea.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cast your fear

Cast your every fear aside
I will catch the tears you cry
Place your burdens in my hand
I will make a valient stand.

Throw your fear into the deep
I will catch the tears you weep
Give me all your doubt and pain
I hold firm and return again

Dash your fears against the wall
I will catch the tears that fall
Lead me into your inner fight
I will conquer with all my might

Monday, December 13, 2010

My love in ink

I  lay my soul down
on a clean white sheet
spill my thoughts in ink
till the task is complete

My cup of love overflows
as it filled at your fountain
my vision increases
as I ascend your mountain

My peace is the quiet
wherein I can think|
and daily create
my love in ink

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Content to know

Happily ensnared by your embrace
Entangled in your beauty
Your charm, wit and grace

Willing to wait to see you again
Content to know
our time together will never end

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Blossoms of life

I will spend my life planting
seeds of hope and love
Preparing a house and harvest
In a more fertile field above

Roses I give you today
were planted over years
in soil prepared and tended
watered with sweat and tears

Blossoms of a life well spent
these roses I give to you
Each day replenished in sowing
Each dozen a vow renewed

Friday, December 10, 2010

The arrow and quiver

The arrow and the quiver
pull, aim, release, deliver

My lover's touch
Pulls me in
Sets me straight
Lets me dream
and then create

Thursday, December 9, 2010

An angel bound by gravity

You are God's gift to me
and for that generosity
I will love and treasure thee
for now and all eternity.

You are an angel bound by gravity
the life force of the giving tree
A willing spirit anchored here
a temple to house God near.

Being loved of you
I know for sure that heaven is true
and it is that faiththat sees me through
all the work I've left to do.

Love is what ties our ends
and why these words are thought and penned
By loving you I'm thanking him
for allowing the power of love to begin.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A more perfect way

I feel I have to reach
to get to where you are
to stretch my every fiber
just a little past too far

Just stay being you
I will catch up one day
a cleared path to heaven
a more perfect way

You make me better
by trying to be like you
and somehow I feel
you'd say the same thing too

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A stregthened love

To hear you laugh and see you smile
does my heart well
Dreaming you happy for just a while
does more good than I can tell

Your smile has a tendency
to make my soul shout for joy
If it had it way with me
I would stay a little boy

Smile on, laugh loud
I'll never get enough
Stand up above the crowd
lifted by a strengthened love

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lay your eyes on me

Lay your eyes on me
and soon the rest will follow
I will sweep you off your feet
my hand gently in yor back's hallow

Let go and lean in
I will finish what you begin
all you need to do is stare
and count on me to be there

In you eyes I see perfection
in this moment eternity
we could take this any direction
just wrap your arms around me.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Let love light the way

Let love light the way
in all I do and what I say
let love listen, learn and lend
making everyone a instant friend

Love's light leads my way
through dark night to new day
it brings back home the stray
and rescues from the frightening fray

Hold your light of love up high
for all around to see
and only answer when questioned why
this is who I choose to be.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Fresh Brewed Love

I know that your feeling tired
and that winters got you down
The wire which you balance on
seems further from the ground

It days like these that never end
the work keeps piling higher
You sleep only to start again
your daily balance on the wire

So when you feel you can't go on
I hope you call me up
I'm waiting with fresh brewed love
to refill your empty cup.

A shot of love is what you need
to make it through these days
I make my own just for you
and I know a secret way

A little hope and a touch of touch
with some fun and laughing mixed in
a sprinkle of kindness, a splash of smile
and a whole lot of sin

It might be hot, this love of mine
you can only sip a little at a time
too much is not good but great
so drink it down, don't hesitate

Friday, December 3, 2010

My thoughts return me to you

My thoughts return me to you
though never far from strayed
When the battle is through
and final judgment is weighed

I long to be by you your side
and hold you close to me
and yet it seems that daily the tide
drags me further out to sea

If I cannot be near you in body
My thoughts will bridge the divide
Your in my heart, the thought of thee
will keep me near thy side

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My heart is King

My soul needs a champion
something it can rely on
to fight the daily battle
that has me rattle to the core
something strong, something sure

My head has sometimes led the charge
but in victory becomes to large
So humbled I must be found
and lay my soul upon the ground

I will give my heart the chance
to fight and lead the victory dance
It shall be a gracious king
and give my soul the cause to sing

Will your heart be my queen
I will  hallow where thou hast been
Together our hearts will lead the way
Into a bright a glorious day.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

You are my light

Light fills all the space it enters
small or big from wall to center
giving life and receiving in death
providing for our very breath

Light take many shapes and forms
from sunshine's glow to the fire's warm
it is ever present even when dim
light is even housed within

You are my perfect source of light
Making me warm, rescuing day from night
You fill my life, my soul overflows
in my garden you grow the rose

I feel you with all the time
inside and out, verse and rhyme
No darkness in me is found
You are my light and ever around