the beauty

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say
'I love her for her smile--her look--her way
Of speaking gently,--for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee,--and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry,
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love, thereby!
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou mayst love on, through love's eternity.

"Sonnets from the Portuguese, XIV"
-Elizabeth Barrett Browing

This poem just really moved me when I found it this past week. You just don't find beautiful poetry that often anymore - and I appreciate free verse if anyone does. But there's something so lovely that comes with proper poetry. I have to think that in the mainstream arena of life - with all of our modern technical advances and cool blogging and digital this and that - that a lot of beauty has been left by the wayside. We now have to step out of the mainstream to find the art and grace in life whether it's written, spoken, sung, drawn or what have you.
Here's to bringing the beauty back.


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