I can not say more plainly than is this:

I love you. Without you, I am but lost.

It all started due to one simple kiss.

I fell. All sinew, bone, and marrow tost.

There just couldn’t be any another way;

But this only one chance in life, to share.

To hold you, feel you, nothing need I say?

You can sense my presence and know I care.

When I look into your eyes, hear your voice,

I lose all the world, my soul escapes me.

Do you feel it, too? Have no other choice?

If “we” becomes “us,” forever, set free…

I can’t say more plainly that I love you.

Just look at me…. Tell me you love me, too.

 


Earlier version:

I can not say more plainly than is this:

I love you. Without you I just am lost.

It all started due to one simple kiss.

I fell completely, no thought of the cost.

There couldn’t be, for us, another way;

But only this one chance in life, to share.

To see you every day, what can I say?

To know that you are near, and that I care.

When I look into your eyes, hear your voice,

I lose all the world, my soul escapes me.

Do you feel it, too? Have no other choice?

If “we” becomes “us,” can set us both free…

I can’t say more plainly that I love you.

Just look at me…. Tell me you love me, too.

 


This idea was had, after I once again heard a discussion on BBC regarding Lyrical Ballads, the seminal book of poetry, written in 1789 that kicked off the Romantic movement in poetry. In the preface, Wordsworth talks of using “plain” English, or the language of ordinary people in lieu of the classical language of poets, bent on allusions to classical Greece and Rome and high minded, intellectual phrases, “art for art’s sake,” designed only for a highly literate aristocratic elite, with language flowery and glowing–out of touch with the common man. They had also selected in their characters, folksy or common people who might have live on the edges of society, a characteristic taken from William Blake in his book, Songs of Innocence.

I also have been listening to the Beatles lately and have rekindled my love for their music but found strikingly in their early work, a plain style, too–simple rhymes, words of 3 and 4 letters strewn throughout, very elementary–“I want to hold your hand,”… “Dance with me…” ” I want to hold you tight…” All my loving I will give to you… darling be true..” Simple, effective, the language of kids, teens, and a majority class of an English speaking populace around the world. It cuts directly to the core of the matter, quickly, succinctly, and more poignantly, really.

Thus, I used this method to construct in a backwards fashion, these lines: way, say;be, me;get, met;hand,can;carry, marry; love, above;lost, cost;this, miss. Although, it came out differently, it was an approach I wanted to utilize on this subject since the phrase “I love you” holds everything that this world has to offer, and to let it stand among the most simplest requests of love in return.

 

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