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.


Monday, February 28, 2011

Love in full view

This days draws to an end
the sun to the moon now bends
darkness falls, dreamland calls
I knee in prayer for you

Soon I'll see your face
we'll assume the same space
smiles wide, nothing to hide
our love in full view

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Unbroken trust

Safely encircled in arms of love
despite the distance between us
our faith a hope a statement of
a unseen, and unbroken trust

I long to have you here with me
to see and touch your face
until the time when together we'll be
I'll keep a warm safe space

Think of me as you lay lone
try and picture me there
send the key to heart you own
and he will answer our prayer

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The heart of a friend.

Only the shadow of your ghost remains
as I lay down alone again tonight
my soul burns with  untamed flames
and hopes of someday soon holding you tight

This presence I feel around me
I know belongs to you
I submit, and it enslaves me
it all I have left to do.

Return your love to this place
and never leave again
Locked away in a sacred place
here in the heart of a friend

Friday, February 25, 2011

Send a prayer to heaven

Send a prayer to heaven
know that it's been heard
all you stand in need of
kept safely word by word

Give me charge and I will keep
all the wolves at bay
whisper softly to the sky
the words you cannot say

I will catch them as they rise
present them at the gate
I will be the messenger
and carry all thy weight

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Halo forged in fire

My love she is an angel
her halo forged in fire
she keeps watch ore the line
of all my righteous desire

God himself has placed her there
and given her the power
to let both good and evil
into my ivory tower

She keeps a careful watch
and guards my every move
A sentry at my defense
Until the day I prove

My love she is an angel
her halo forged in fire
she keeps watch ore the path
that leads me ever higher

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Plan

the plan is for us to be
together for all of eternity
so if on earth we"re far apart
nothing can break the bind of heart

Miles and distance are mortal constraints
and only her and now complaints
our love reaches past the seas
that now separate you and me

Borders and papers cannot keep
our dreams apart as we sleep
This I know and you should too
nothing can keep my love from you

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wish you back home

the longer we stay apart
quickens the pounding of my heart
shortens the surface of my breath
hastens the coming of my death

I cannot live without you here
and choose to turn a deafening ear
to those who say it won't be long
and that I need stay strong

You are the only part of me
that I am proud to let others see
without you I am naked and alone
no place to rest or to call home

So I will wait for your safe return
my soul's candle will slowly burn
hoping that I have the strength
to wish you back home at length

Monday, February 21, 2011

Non Sense

I her absence I try to make sense
but nothing rhyming and my rhythm lost timing
she has taken the poetry away from me
only in her presence does any of this make sense

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I'll stay awake

Somewhere on a beach tonight
out of reach and out of sight
my love is laying down to sleep
our goodbye kiss alone to keep

I hope that she thinking of me
as she stares across the sea
and wishes that we were closer
she and I, her rhyme composer

As she soaks the sunlight rays
hears the crashing of the waves
I hope her heart finds a time
to beat along with the rhythm of mine

If we have to be apart this week
I'll hold her heart and kiss her cheek
with every shallow breath I take
never sleeping, I'll stay awake

Saturday, February 19, 2011

You are Mine

I cannot make a wish come true
or stop the world and melt with you
I cannot keep the night from falling
or stay death's hand when he comes calling

If I can but make you smile
have you forget the world a while
Take my hand a think me strong
Feel you are living our love song

Then my dear my job is done
you now know you're the only one
My love may not be able to stop time
but it will you let know that you are mine

Friday, February 18, 2011

A deeping Blue

Thank you for your kindness
it makes all the difference
I always know I can count on you
bring me out of a deepening blue

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I will try again

I will try again tomorrow
and again until it's right
to remove myself from sorrow
and step forward into light

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A good year

This last year
I have conquered some fears
shed happy and sad tears
made my pathway more clear
been kicked in the rear
found a better way to steer

and found you always near
for that alone it's been a good year

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Each Day

the hour is drawing late
I cannot help but sleep
freed from the day's weight
as dreams my feet sweep

I dream of me and you
and think it can't be better
as I wake i know it's true
each day that we're together

Monday, February 14, 2011

Never my love

I do not need a holiday
to say the words that lovers say
With you in my life that's everyday
I live those words in every way

Let others buy cards and gifts
flowers by the dozen
Tomorrow their focus shifts
while mine is still on love'n

I'll take today and add a year
and love you all throughout
Never worry , never fear
never my love will you doubt.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

For a brief second today I caught your eye
and saw eternities view
I thank God and never ask why
he let me end up with you

I do believe a higher power
led us to be together
Falling high from a lofty tower
safe in this marriage tether

I hope you see in me
what it is I see in you
a vision of a happy eternity
surrounded by family and you

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The art of love

Like a great work of art
love is created from the heart
like the orchestral score grand
love is conducted through the hands

Love by its nature is never complete
but strives toward perfection as it repeats
Love is never finished growing
but finds new homes in the seeds it's sowing

I will write love a poem
by making heaven at home
I will sing love a song
by forgiving a wrong
I will paint a love picture
by longing to be with her
I will create love's masterpiece
by thinking of myself least

Friday, February 11, 2011

Well Worn

The soles of my shoes
match the soul of my love
well worn but a perfect fit

Like a hand in a glove
my spirit in flesh
I love more than I admit.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Love knocks

Let love lay where it falls
lend an ear to hear its calls
find forgiveness in its wake
bring it in for heaven's sake

Shield love from the pending storm
invite it in and keep it warm
feed it even your last bread
join it with your garments thread

Treat love as an honor guest
that it may stay your home to bless
give love all you have and more
when it knocks upon your door.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My equal measure

Collect my soul unto your heart
keep it safe and sound
Dry my tears before they start
may they never touch the ground

Keep me ever near you
in your mind and prayers
watch over all that I do
for I am nearly there

You are my only safe rest
my only solace from grief
lift the weight from off my chest
bring me sweet relief

My strength is failing fast
hold my dreams till dawn
give me one last cast
and then I must move on

In time I will return this way
bearing precious treasure
all for you because today
you were my equal measure

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Thoughts of you

thought left alone unintentionally
will continue build till eventually
there is no brain room left vacant
and so they grow increasingly impatient
wanting only to be seen or heard
to be voiced or to become a word
Rattling and fighting just to get out
to save me from my thoughtless drought

These thoughts that grow inside my brain
are so loud at times I go insane
until I'm able to right them down
in verse and rhyme, as verb and noun
I give them life and set them free
so they can stop tormenting me

The only thoughts I won't let go
are thoughts of you, I let them grow
these thoughts I think everyday
I hope they never go away
They keep me sane when I think I'm not
thoughts of you are my favorite thoughts.

Monday, February 7, 2011

You fill my mind

You fill my mind
thoughts in rhyme
spill out in ink
as I think
of you
The page fills up
as my cup
from head to toe

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Perfect Kiss

eternal truth
secret of youth
whispered hushed
cause to blush
gentle hand
valiant stand
river's course
guiding force
Love is all this
wrapped into  the perfect kiss

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Giving love a chance

Giving love a chance
to win your heart
means letting romance
have a head start

What can be sealed
with a lover's kiss
is often revealed
only when missed

My best foot in my mouth
is how I prefer to stand
facing north but feeling south
the shadow of my hand

Friday, February 4, 2011

Face to Face

Caught up in your love
I can not speak or think
enjoying the moment of
the attraction as you wink

Call me over to your side
and I will keep the pace
matching you with every stride
staying close and face to face

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The light by which we walk

Love is the light by which we walk
hand and hand as husband and wife
The common language we choose to talk
to share this experience called life.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Make you my life

I try in vain to explain
what it is between us
there are no rhymes and never enough time
to really say how I feel

I try every day to show and say
what I know is true inside
even in this I tend to miss
falling short of real

Love me for my efforts, as I continue to court
you as my blushing wife
Know that I am trying, inside dying
to make you my life

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My sure foundation

You make the world seem small
when it is knocking on my door
you make me feel 10 feet tall
like I can give a little more

It is for you I try my best
in everything I do and say
with you I forget the rest
look forward to a brighter day

Stay then near my side
never leave me lone
be thou my ever bride
my sure foundation of stone.