Love in Ten Lines

You all know I can’t pass up a challenge. And when that challenge involves an outrageously difficult love poem to write…well, I’m gonna give it a shot.

I haven’t heard from my good blogger buddy, John (aka Meticulous Mick), in some time. I was overjoyed that he thought of me to participate in this challenge.

I’ve worked with Meticulous Mick a couple of times now.

He was a Life Enthusiast last July.

Photo by Meticulous Mick (aka John Grant)
Photo by Meticulous Mick (aka John Grant)

A few months before that, we collaborated on a poem/photography project…

When I am me, I am free 

Photo by Meticulous Mick (aka John Grant)
Photo by Meticulous Mick (aka John Grant)

Needless to say, I was happy to connect with him again. I must say, though he is known for his stellar photography, MM wrote a fabulous poem for this challenge.

Be sure to check it out. 

Here are the rather insane rules for this poetry challenge…

  • Write about love using only 10 lines.
  • Use the word love in every line.
  • Each line can only be 4 words long.
  • Nominate others who are up for the challenge.
  • Let them know about the challenge.
  • Title the post:  Love in Ten Lines
  • Include a quote about love ( this can be your own)
  • You may write in any language

This love poem challenge comes at an interesting time as Mr. H and I will be celebrating a marriage milestone next month. Ten years of marriage.

When I was in the bathtub last night, I started playing with some ideas. Love is such a vast subject and even with the restrictions of the Love in Ten Lines challenge, my mind wandered quite a bit.

I remembered something we say to each other every now and then. It sneaks into our domestic repertoire and I thought it was perfect. Rather than I love you, sometimes we say I love you so.

Four words. Perfect!

But first, even though there were so many love quotes to choose from, this one is fitting for the two of us. When we first found each other, we were resistant to falling in love but we did anyway…

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”  – Rumi

And, here’s my poem…

Wahclella Falls

Love in Ten Lines

He loves me so
Loves my stubborn ass

They laughed at love
Said love wouldn’t last

Somehow our love prevailed
Love won, bitterness lost

Love is forever young
Love has no decay

Love will never die
Our love lives on


My nominations are all former Life Enthusiasts, who I think will come up with some awesome masterpieces. It just so happens that all of their names end with “a”.






49 thoughts on “Love in Ten Lines

  1. A smile and a tear! thanks! it feels good before going to bed (specially when one is away from her own husband right now…). Loved the poem, loved the quote, loved the reference to Mick and your work with him, love the fact that the challenge comes at a time when you’re celebrating your own love.
    Happy Anniversary!!! Cheers Beers for many more years of love and happiness!

    1. Oh, that must be so hard. Mr. H has to travel often for work and it’s the worst. I totally understand.

      Nice work inserting “love” into everything you just said. Bravo, lovely!

  2. “Love is forever young” I can attest to that, Britt– except when there’s a mirror around, ha! Beautiful words, 10 years is something to celebrate and your choices, to create a poem, are perfect. I’m not sure how I found John’s website, probably through you, but it is one of my favorites. I love his dogs!

    1. Oh, stop it, Dannie! You’re doing awesome. 🙂

      I usually don’t participate in awards and such, but when it was a good friend and a good challenge, I had to do it. John’s a great guy.

  3. Love to be contained in only 4 that’s what I call a challenge. Then again, true love is self-explanatory. Lovely poem Britt and congratulations on your wedding anniversary!!

  4. Britt congratulations on the ten years such a milestone these days. I lurve your poem, its so YOU and now you have it forever a gift to yourself on your anniversary. You also look like a very cool couple, still in love.

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