For Emily

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There is something about the way you say my name

That tells me it is more than just eight letters.

There is something about the way, between

The tiny spaces of your fingers, that I intertwine

My hand to yours and tie a knot, never letting go.

And though you are not perfect—I am

Nowhere even close myself—you are perfect

For me. And I come to say that you need not

Feel how you felt, or do what you came close to doing,

Because, for you, I lend my ear and shoulder and heart,

And hold you until the setting of the sun and until

It rises once again in the morning.

No amount of things can ever outweigh how I feel

For you; for they are just things, things that can fade.

But how I feel is something internal and endless.

And I, being a creature of habit, break my old ways, for

You are too beautiful, both inside and out, for me to

Restrain myself from not feeling.

You have made my heart smile and sing, and

You have made me strive to be better.

And though our time is short, that’s okay.

Maybe what you don’t understand my darling,

Is that this feeling deep in your heart,

The confusion, the happiness, the bewilderment,

The surprise, and the joy, is everything that

Love is. It is love, my love. Love in its truest

Form, and you feel it surge through you, and

Excite your mind, and electrify your fingertips, and it is

Astounding in the most wonderful of ways.

And maybe the other thing you have not

Come to terms with yet, is that

What you feel, this love, is not only returned

By me, my darling, but you will never know

How much I love you.

I love you, I love you, I love you,

In the endless wave of time,

In the ceaseless beating of my heart,

In the gentle motion of my soul.

You are everything that you will ever need to be my darling,

For you are perfect as you are. And you never

Need to change. Not once, not ever.

My darling, my love, my dear,

You are my greatest pain, for I will despise the day

I leave you to yourself, and separate from my better half. 

My sweetheart I adore you; I adore your

Courage, your strength; I adore

The way you laugh when I tickle your back;

I adore your soft kisses under the dim light

Of the moon; I adore everything that you are

For you are wonderful.

I love you. I love you with the truth of my words,

As if I could stay with you, for the rest of my

Life, though I know, I’ll never truly leave

The little space in your heart, as you will

Never, ever, ever, leave mine.

My love, it comes to those three words that

I could repeat until I die, and never become tired.

For when I think of you, I think of life, and affection, and

Everything that is good. So with that, my love, I leave you

With the “I love you,” I have never said, but will eternally say:

I love you, forever and for always.

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