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. Ten years! Yay. Now you have a poem with one line to celebrate each year of your marriage. Wonderful, but, oh heck, I had trouble writing a two line poem for my last post! Yikes, off to sleep on this one. Keep on with your loving ways. 🙂

    1. The funny thing is, Gallivanta…I didn’t even think about the ten lines and ten years together. Hello! It was right there.

      The poem is totally optional, of course. Though I still feel like we never settled that totem pole challenge, so you should probably write one. 🙂

      1. Ha! I slept on it. I woke up and the words just fell out of my brain; well, almost. 😉 Didn’t think I would be able to do it but I did. Will be posting soonish. Not quite sure it equals a totem pole though; about half a totem pole, perhaps.

  2. What a great little poem and just in time to celebrate your 10th anniversary! Thanks for the nomination, I’ll give it some thought.
    p.s. Rumi is just great.

    1. Just in time…wasn’t that perfect?! It’s totally optional, honey, so write one only if you want to.

      I love Rumi too! I know he gets played out a bit, but dammit, he said some amazing shit. 🙂

  3. Fabulous my dear friend Britt. 10 years next month? Wow, massive congratulations – we are just hitting half of that next month. Back to bonnie Scotland for us……

    1. Haha! I didn’t want to be too sappy. We all know that marriage has its stubborn ass moments. 🙂

      We usually just give each other high-fives for presents. The tin might be awkward.

  4. Congratulations on ten years Britt! Great response to the challenge – it’s most definitely you 🙂 I’ve been nominated a couple of times for this and I’m procrastinating – we’ll see if I ever get there 🙂 ❤

    1. Thanks, Andrea love! Haha, I procrastinated a bit as well. At first I was, like, this is going to be so much fun! Then, I hit a wall in the bathtub. It’s optional, as you know, so do it if you feel like it.

  5. Happy 10 years! That’s a great poem to celebrate with (and those are some crazy rules)! Thanks so much for the nomination. I love thinking about love. 🙂 Have fun celebrating!

    1. Those rules are quite challenging, especially for someone who writes for the sake of breaking rules. Again, totally optional for the challenge, sweet pea. But it would be fun to see what you come up with.

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