How Do I Love Thee?

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How Do I Love Thee? – 14 February 2008

Today, being Valentine’s Day, I chose this sonnet for my Blog because it comes close to describing the love that my husband Frank and I have for each other. Frank and I feel strongly that nearly forty-seven years ago God brought us together for His purpose – to help make His earth a kinder, gentler place for the least among us – humans as well as nonhumans.

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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