LOVE POEMS, FD Harper

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Content: LOVE POEMS Of Frederick Douglas Harper By Frederick Douglas Harper
© 2003 by Frederick Douglas Harper. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the author. ISBN: 1-4107-6240-8 (e-book) ISBN: 1-4107-6241-6 (Paperback) ISBN: 1-4107-6242-4 (Hardcover) Library of Congress Control Number: 2003094300 This book is printed on acid free paper. Printed in the United States of America Bloomington, IN (Some poems, as designated, © 1985, 1988) 1stBooks - rev. 06/25/03
TABLE OF CONTENTS Page ROMANTIC POEMS ....................................................................... 1 THE RIGHT TIME, THE RIGHT WAY ............................................ 3 SPEAK TO ME OF LOVE AND MORE ........................................... 4 I FEEL I'VE KNOWN YOU .............................................................. 6 FIRST GLIMPSE, FIRST DANCE..................................................... 7 WILL YOU COME WITH ME?......................................................... 8 ROMANTICA ..................................................................................... 9 A WEDDING PLEDGE .................................................................... 11 OUR HOLIDAY................................................................................ 13 LET US WRITE A SCRIPT IN OUR HEARTS............................... 14 WE SAW WITHIN EACH OTHER'S EYES................................... 15 CAN I BE FREE WITH YOU?......................................................... 16 LET ME LOVE YOU IN THE MORNING OF YOUR WOMANHOOD................................................................................ 17 FINE WOMAN ................................................................................. 18 MEANING OF ROMANTIC LOVE ................................................ 19 A PHONE CALL'S WAIT................................................................ 20 NOSTALGIC LOVE POEMS........................................................ 21 OUR LAST NIGHT TOGETHER .................................................... 23 WE WALKED................................................................................... 24 iii
LOVE ME NOT WITH WORDS ONLY.......................................... 25 I'M GLAD I MET YOU.................................................................... 26 LET US MAKE MEMORIES ........................................................... 27 WILL YOU ROW IN MY BOAT? ................................................... 28 I LONG FOR YOU............................................................................ 29 NOSTALGIA I .................................................................................. 30 NOSTALGIA IV ............................................................................... 31 QUINTINA ........................................................................................ 32 LIE DOWN........................................................................................ 33 WEAR A WHITE DRESS FOR ME................................................. 34 SENSUAL LOVE POEMS.............................................................. 35 BEFORE WE LOVE ......................................................................... 37 SHE CAME AT 5 .............................................................................. 38 LOVE HAS COME ........................................................................... 39 TOUCH ME, WILL YOU? ............................................................... 40 POETICA SENSEROTICA .............................................................. 41 MY PLEASURE IS YOUR PLEASURE.......................................... 43 I WANT YOU.................................................................................... 44 LOVE BONE'S WISH ...................................................................... 45 POEMS ON LOVE LOST .............................................................. 47 TO SAY "HELLO" IS TO SAY "GOOD-BYE" .............................. 49 LOVE KNOCKED ............................................................................ 50 DON'T PASS ON LOVE .................................................................. 51 iv
LOSS.................................................................................................. 52 TODAY AND TOMORROW........................................................... 53 POETIC LETTER TO MY LOVE .................................................... 54 LOVE IS LIKE A CANDLE LIT...................................................... 55 SICK LOVE....................................................................................... 56 WHEN PIECES FALL APART........................................................ 57 DEAR LOVE..................................................................................... 58 TO HAVE.......................................................................................... 59 LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE.............................................................. 60 WILL YOU LOVE ME IF...?........................................................... 61 LIVE AGAIN .................................................................................... 62 DIVORCE.......................................................................................... 63 POEMS ON LOVE RESTORED................................................... 65 LOVE AGAIN................................................................................... 67 CAN WE WAIT FOR THOSE WE LOVE? ..................................... 68 WHAT IS LOVE...? ......................................................................... 69 HUG YOUR LOVE........................................................................... 70 LIVING AND LOVING ARE ARTS ............................................... 71 WE LAY............................................................................................ 72 HELLO, I LIKE YOU ....................................................................... 73 LOVE'S CLAIM ............................................................................... 74 A LOVE UNLOVED ........................................................................ 75 OH WOMAN, OH MAN .................................................................. 76 LOVE'S HOPE RENEWED ............................................................. 77 v
A LOVE TO WALK WITH ME ....................................................... 78 YOU HAVE AND I HAVE YOU ..................................................... 79 MATHEMATICAL LOVE ............................................................... 80 SITTING IN A CHAIR WITH A TEDDY BEAR............................ 81 TRUE LOVE LASTS ........................................................................ 82 A GIFT TO YOU............................................................................... 83 I WILL NOT PROMISE.................................................................... 84 I LOVE YOU..................................................................................... 85 POEMS ON LOVE OF FAMILY, CHILDREN, FRIENDS, AND NATURE ................................................................................. 87 LOVE YOUR CHAIN....................................................................... 89 THANKS MOTHER ......................................................................... 90 ADVICE TO YOU MY CHILD........................................................ 91 NOSTALGIA III................................................................................ 93 LOVE IS... ........................................................................................ 94 A FRIEND ......................................................................................... 95 A POET'S POEM TO A FRIEND'S FRIEND ................................. 96 LET US LOVE CHILD ..................................................................... 97 I'M IN LOVE .................................................................................... 98 I NEVER SAW .................................................................................. 99 THE SENSES OF MY LOVE ......................................................... 100 A FLOWER ..................................................................................... 101 ODE TO A FLOWER...................................................................... 102 TREES OF MAINE ......................................................................... 103 vi
THOUGHTS ON LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS.................... 105 ABOUT THE AUTHOR ............................................................... 119 vii
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ROMANTIC POEMS
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper THE RIGHT TIME, THE RIGHT WAY I needed someone-- I needed someone special; My eyes lay upon your face-- In anticipation but doubt; I was so touched by the softness of your eyes, The grace of your stance, The peacefulness of your temperament; Your presence responded to my need and wish; You came to me, At the right time; You came to me, In the right way. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 3
Frederick Douglas Harper SPEAK TO ME OF LOVE AND MORE When I first looked at you, I saw something special; I saw something special With you, in you, and between us. When I first looked at you, I felt something special; When I first looked at you, I was special-- We were special. So answer me and strip free The truth of your presence coming; Is your image the echo of my ideal? Speak to me of such and more: Through eyes bright like candles' glow And unarming smiles of coy around the Tenderness of lips so virgin and pure; Through natural beauty untouched by False disguise and spiritual energy so Flowing to the talents of your future's call; Through the life of movement so confident Yet modestly unartificial and true. Speak to me of such by more: Is this first parting's sweetness a passing Dream to keep? Is it the inspiration of the Inspirer's design To know you once in passing, or will privilege Be destiny's desire to look once more upon the 4
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper Light of your lovely face aglow and budding Energy in flow? Speak to me sweet flower, and pray By chance to smell once more the fragrance Of your presence, and feel once more the Vibrancy of your natural way. Be it friendship or more; Or a spiritual passing of two destined souls Who love the world so much so as to want so Much to give of ourselves to that world Through the gift of ourselves to each other. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 5
Frederick Douglas Harper I FEEL I'VE KNOWN YOU Sometimes I feel I've been in another world; Sometimes I feel I know there's a world beyond; Sometimes I feel I've stood in this space with you; This space and moment of today in our first Meeting of eyes-- Without a word, I knew I knew you as I had before; I knew I wanted you as I did before; I knew I wanted you and had to have you As much as I fought my feelings for you, And you--yours for me. So come quietly to me in peace and burning Desire, and let me receive you around me as one; I've waited long across lifetimes for your face In the parade of many-- Come let us savor the souls of our many lives Before, and fulfill the destiny of our Long-lasting desires; Come to our dining to feast first upon the spirit Of each other's energy; Face your face to mine in sweet teasing of Dessert's patient waiting; Rush not the sacred sensuality of our prolonged Romance asleep; Come, come, come my love. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 6
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper FIRST GLIMPSE, FIRST DANCE The first glimpse of your face Took the light of my eyes deep to The core of your countenance; To know as you knew that we both Were made and sent for each other. At first touch of you, I knew you were Sculpted to my arms' embrace as we Glided as one in musical magic's Movement to the body's call of our Bemused spirits' wish. So effortlessly and pleasurably we Danced as playful birds suspended in Flight and to life's breathing of our Energies real and memories sealed. Thanks for the dance sweet lady, And permit me to hold you once more To our own spiritual rhythm and to A music that is unending. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 7
Frederick Douglas Harper WILL YOU COME WITH ME? I have sought your image Without knowledge of your existence, My ideal woman you are; So come with me please-- Be with me and share your life; Create life we will, and together We'll be trustees of another; Come with me and I will pick a red hibiscus For your hair and the sweet magnolia flower As your perfume's fragrance; I'll promise nothing except to be with you And be for you as long as we live Under the watchful eyes of the stars. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 8
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper ROMANTICA Again, we meet in the common air of Our private space--to breathe, I hope, the Anticipation of love's possible excitement From this serene peace; your fresh flower Has sprung from youth's tender bud, so Luring to the patience of my long wait and The wisdom of my awaited patience. With face to the light of you, I fix my Energy to the spirit of your field; so Wanting to be with you, to touch with eyes And arms but not too soon so as to spoil The pleasure of our precious urgings and Restrained glee. Let not your presentation of reservation Betray future's life of a whole love of two-- Of a spiritual union destined for the divine Creation of love's life from our shared bond, Our priceless oneness, our future hopes, Our sensual moments of untempered desire. Come with me, be with me, romance with me, And let our eternal love be an unending evening Of special things shared--of sparkling drink with Rhythmical dance, of musical tunes under many 9
Frederick Douglas Harper Full moons, of colorful flowers and pastel towels, Of tender touch and vacations much. Come with me to the sacred temple, or simply Stand with me under God's old oak tree; Allow me to veil your face under the purest Lace to the slight peek of your shining eyes And the sweet gentle reach of your life's breath-- Yes, be my wife, be with me in this special Moment of ceremony, and touch tenderly and Ever slowly your lips upon mine; to seal Evermore the energy of our romantic union And precious love. Go patiently we will in the wind of destiny's call And with sweet memories of dreams made true; Create we will a life of two or more-- With shared fortunes and misfortunes, with Cherished joys and borne pains, and with a Love unyielding to life's tests of time and a Romance that will never die. Let me come with you, be with you, and Stay with you my lady; let our love anew grow And pierce deep within our souls an untarnished Commitment and an unbroken peace; Let our lasting love scream forth in silent truth Our romance forevermore to all the universe In the sacred message of: ROMANTICA, ROMANTICA, ROMANTICA! Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 10
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper A WEDDING PLEDGE In this, my left hand, I take you as my wife/husband And hold sacred your life and welfare as long as we Choose and hold each other; With my right hand, I promise to work for you, With you, and for life we may create as one; In both hands, I cup and nourish the trust we place In each other as persons and in ourselves as a Partnership in life. With this heart, I set forth my allegiance to a sensitivity For your feelings, and pledge to put no other person's Needs or wants before your own; With will and determination, I shall do my best to remain Patient with your weaknesses as well as your personal Changes over the years, and I will hold in confidence that You will do likewise with me; With this, my head, I will think of you wherever I am And whenever I can as thoughts of concern for you and Shared experiences with you. I pledge at this moment to do all I can: To help minimize your pains and maximize your happiness, To forgive you for inadvertent errors of human frailty, To respect you as a person and as my wife/husband, To be open with you about my thoughts and feelings, 11
Frederick Douglas Harper To touch you each morning and kiss you each night, To trust in your words and actions, To be kind, courteous, and considerate to you, To respect your right to freedom, solitude, and Individuality, To commit myself totally to you and our relationship. Furthermore, I will try my best not to hurt you in any way or discredit You before peers or yourself; I will encourage your personal growth and internal peace, I will allow no person to conspire to alienate my love for you; Neither will I allow myself to be blinded by false Feelings for another or life's many luring excitements; I will talk with you, walk with you, and persevere with you Through tests of time and condition; I will pray with you, hope with you, struggle with you, And suffer with you in your hardships; Most of all, I will love you, without condition, for as long As I can and as long as you want me to-- Hoping and trusting it will be forever. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 12
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper OUR HOLIDAY `Tis a cultural holiday of celebration; But it matters not the differences Of our worlds apart; For celebrate we must on this Merry day of glee--our love, Ourselves; `Tis not your holiday, `Tis not my holiday, But our holiday-- `Tis a special time for special people To love and celebrate happiness. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 13
Frederick Douglas Harper LET US WRITE A SCRIPT IN OUR HEARTS Let us write a script in our hearts, And let us play it out from Moment to moment in spontaneity; Let our needs be felt and realized, Our drives reduced, Our anxieties subdued, Our depression minimized; Let us enjoy our others and The worlds around us as we encounter; Let us enjoy our own selves; Let us eat, rest, explore, and talk In the presence of each other's Comfort, good company, and security; Let us write a script from moment to moment In our hearts and In our lives. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 14
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper WE SAW WITHIN EACH OTHER'S EYES We sat alone, We drank wine, We intellectualized about nothing. Then we saw within each other's eyes The nature of our true being, Then we realized our gender, Then we communicated our nonverbal Desire to move toward our other. Our instruments of vision touched in softness Suppressing our eagerness, Our tools of manipulation searched The pleasures of our curiosities, We slowly lost the control of our rational Being to the passion of our desires, We shed ourselves of that which hid our True selves from the honey of each other's fruits. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 15
Frederick Douglas Harper CAN I BE FREE WITH YOU? Can I be free with you-- And not have to rush anything, And not have to prove anything, And not have to be anything? Can I be me, and you be you? Can we be we, can we be one, Can we be free? Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 16
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LET ME LOVE YOU IN THE MORNING OF YOUR WOMANHOOD If you let me come into your heart, I will do wonders with the clay of your Parents' making; Let me touch you in the morning years Of your womanhood, and make you The better lady you must eventually be; As I must, let me hold your heart next to Mine and stroke your contour to fineness; Let the warmth of your deepest breath Massage the perceptiveness of my ear, That I may feel your life grow in my arms, And that I may live again through the Life of your love; Let me love you in the morning of your Womanhood, that you may become the Lady of my night for all occasions And all times. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 17
Frederick Douglas Harper FINE WOMAN Fine woman of svelte neck, straight back, And sturdy hips--let me Watch your stance and poised presence Among others; let me breathe the energy Of your elegant space. Fine woman of creamy texture and Tanned hue, I secretly watch you--and Patiently await my turn of acquaintance, To feel the peace of your calm temperament And visualize up close the form of your Lovely essence. Speak to me, speak with me, and let my Total attention for you be yours on this Special night of ours. Let us dine under The stars of this resort and smile for each Other as night grows old to morning's birth; Let us breathe of each other's air, and be One in the moment of our private selves And space. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 18
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper MEANING OF ROMANTIC LOVE Romantic love is two dynamos that turn on and Feed into each other; It is total energy directed toward another that Makes one oblivious to time and space; Romantic love is that emotion that contradicts and Obfuscates rationality, reality, and responsibility; It is that acted-out fantasy realized for the moment And hoped for forever; Romantic love is two persons alone in the universe Who prize each other's presence and consume Each other's essence for every moment and in Every good way; It is the visceral excitement that compels the Fulfillment of one's capacity for sensuality, Sensitivity, and possibility; Romantic love is that ecstatic, good feeling that Provides a secure feeling, enhances worldly Appreciation, promotes confidence, and overhauls Physical and psychological health; It is the force that drives people out of their skin, Pushes them to a higher level of emotional Realization, and overpowers human control; Romantic love is giving for the joy of giving, sharing For the sake of sharing, and enjoying each other For the pleasure of each other. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 19
Frederick Douglas Harper A PHONE CALL'S WAIT I've lived today in wake-- From morn to night this date, Just to hear Your Voice once more Across the miles; I've anticipated the breath of Your energy's space to make my Day by phone, to complete my Night hitherto alone--with exciting Thoughts of you; I've lived this day in wait for Your call of tone's ring of phone Here alone; I've lived all day just to hear the Breath and sigh of your sweet Voice for me; I've lived all day, in my patient Way, just to hear you say, "I love you." Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 20
NOSTALGIC LOVE POEMS
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper OUR LAST NIGHT TOGETHER On a moonlit night, we stood Under the privacy of a backyard tree, Never once with the courage to explore the pit Of our youthful volcanic desires on this last night; We stood and stood in caress on the eve Of the moving truck's coming, and counted So painfully our last minutes of evening, Ever together; She placed her miniature cross and chain in my hand As a symbol of remembrance; only to watch me Clutch passionately before losing it to my jeans's pocket; One last hug, one last fumbling kiss As her father called, "bedtime"; Reluctantly, she walked away, shielding The treacherous door from the night light's torment; I remember dearly, her back showed well in the moonlight As she turned to give me the last image of her face. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 23
Frederick Douglas Harper WE WALKED Our shoes powdered themselves In the sun-beaten earth along the Side of the road, as we strolled so Closely to ourselves while oblivious To school peers. She 13 and I 15, as innocent and shy, Yet so aware but resisting of feelings Awakened by maturity and our own Simple attraction to the sweetness Of each other's flower. Not yet a kiss or thought of else as We touched our other's voice and face With ears so tuned and eyes so focused Within the range of our own youthful Company. Parted we daily did to sweet evening Memories of an afternoon walk so Much anticipated upon each morning's Wakening. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 24
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LOVE ME NOT WITH WORDS ONLY Great, how sweet the sound of your voice In accolade and promise, The twinkle and glitter of your mirror's eye Complement the timbre of your utterance, Your vibrations bring warm news to my ear, Good news I like to hear, But oh how transient the sounds, though sweet; Love me not with words only, But with your good deeds; Let me know that you care for me-- Through action, effort, and sacrifice; Let us share time, let us eat-- Eat under the shade of a summer's tree, Dance in the spotlight of the public's eye, Hold hands in strides of step and time; Let us care for our lives and even that of another; Let us work together, plan together, play together, Laugh together, meditate together, sacrifice Together, hurt together, and feel good together; Love me with your complete feelings, actions, and Thoughts, And love me not with words only. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 25
Frederick Douglas Harper I'M GLAD I MET YOU Gee, I'm glad I met you; Together, we have made each other better; We have shared each other, And have realized our sensations; We have experienced reality, And have grown together in knowledge; We have encountered each other's worlds, And have mutually shared our feelings; Our joys have been increased and our pain Minimized by the mere presence of our other; Gee, I'm glad I met you; Let us remember all the good and pleasant things We have shared together, And let us reserve a space in each other's Heart for all those special moments and memories. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 26
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LET US MAKE MEMORIES Let us make memories that we Can prize forever; Let us make them in our minds Of spontaneous and planned Experiences of ourselves-- In all Earth's seasons and glorious Splendor. In spring or fall, in the park or By the waterfront, let us breathe Our existence within the energy of Romantic thoughts, feelings, and Surrounding. Let us make memories that we Can appreciate now but treasure Always in our minds and hearts. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 27
Frederick Douglas Harper WILL YOU ROW IN MY BOAT? Come sit in my boat at morn When the mist of fog shields the Privacy of precious romances, and the Coolness of dawn preserves the Goodness and innocence of virgin loves. Come sit with your face to mine And let the bashful, gleaming sun's light Reveal the pristine beauty of your Lovely eyes and skin aglow. Come sit with me and row with me, And let our love afloat gently disturb My favorite flowered dress of our First acquaintance. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 28
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper I LONG FOR YOU Please, relax now, I long not for the revelation Of the privacy of your temple, But for the company of the Whole of you; to be with you, Anytime and anywhere. I long for your respect, for the Energy of your existence to make Me the better for your most Worthy appreciation and happiness. Please now, know my cause and motive, For they are true to you; Sincerely, I long for your heart, Your soul, your inspiration, your Presence, your natural warmth. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 29
Frederick Douglas Harper NOSTALGIA I When the night light was bright, We stood underneath looking at our feet; You touched me--oh so gently with your breath, And I felt within me a leap of warmth Corralled by my own tremor of shyness. When the night light was bright, Oh how I remember the cool breeze Of midnight air that swept us homeward; You touched my hand with your fingers, And there we clutched in stride-- Onward, homeward, yet so slowly we paced. When the night light was bright, Our youth tormented us without Conscious thought of time passing. When the night light was bright, We were in the dark privacy Of each other's world; Nothing beyond penetrated our attention Thereof fixed. When the night light was bright, We thought it would shine forever, For us. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 30
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper NOSTALGIA IV It was a time to remember, Of romance galore and unforgettable Memories of adult images in the eye of a child; It was a time of Black shoes shined, And quality hats so fine; Of men's coat and tie, And women's stockings up high; Of romantic touch dance, And navy-blue gabardine pants; It was a time of hard work at less pay And nightly prayers of appreciation each day; It was a time to remember in June and December, when things were quite simple; A time when people had time and mind To love much more; A time when people had time and mind To be at peace with themselves. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 31
Frederick Douglas Harper QUINTINA There was a young girl Named Quintina you see; A bright child of 8 with A smile of glee; After years of my absence She grew up to be A beautiful woman and Fine lady; With courage, class, and grace From Thee, She exuded a countenance Of sweet femininity; Quintina, smile for the world to see; Quintina, please smile again for me. 32
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LIE DOWN Lie down and feel yourself in our presence; Let the ocean roar in the peacefulness of Your ear; Let the sand tickle your back and the sun Wash your face. Let us think of nothing except our feelings For ourselves and this little world's Moment. Lie and let life's air bring meaning to our Souls that we may breathe such Memories forever. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 33
Frederick Douglas Harper WEAR A WHITE DRESS FOR ME In the sunset of your womanhood, Wear it for me; Memories of innocence and coy, Of private moments of our genuineness, Spontaneity, and naive joy. Wear it for me in my mind's eye, Of images in the sunlight and Unrestrained freedom in the shade Of the old oak tree. Wear a white dress for me in the sunset Of your womanhood--so I will know the Purest image of my greatest love; That I will always know you as the sacred Temple of my life-long and devoted trust. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 34
SENSUAL LOVE POEMS
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper BEFORE WE LOVE Before we love to love's height, Wash each other's image we must In sensual grace of our eyes' sight; Breathe each other's natural scent We should in the blow of evening air; Touch we must with gentle care; Hear we can of our other's breath Upon the softness of a neck's rest; Before we love to love's height, Romance we must the other's self. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 37
Frederick Douglas Harper SHE CAME AT 5 She washed herself in his image at noon And brought herself to him at five; The natural scent of her told of a day's work Under the shroud of cream and perfume; A mixture that aroused the privacy of his Heaven so patiently anticipated; Four walls and one wait for the appearance of Love's greeting; to see, to touch, to embrace The energy and essence of his sweetest hope, His sustaining thought, his fondest dream, His greatest love, his sole source of life; His woman, his lady. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 38
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LOVE HAS COME He came into her so gently, as he did To her; Her presence was with courage but deep Exhilaration of an experience Never felt; They were one in ecstasy atop a mountain, Together, they realized a shyness and the Downhill awkwardness of separation; However, a deep fulfillment of a dream Anticipated and complete; They relaxed, she on his arm and he against The softness of her; Her breath whispered to his ear, "I love you"; and he replied, "I love you too." Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 39
Frederick Douglas Harper TOUCH ME, WILL YOU? It's been long, too long; So will you touch me with the Tender tips of your fingers aglow, And let the heat of love's past Set free the spirit of our fiery Passion's remains? Touch me now, in the privacy of This day's secret love and space, That we may live life's life as We so once did. Come to me so slowly and walk Your image so larger into my eyes' view And the whole of you into my arms' Embrace. It's been long, too long, So will you touch and we touch As we once loved before? Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 40
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper POETICA SENSEROTICA And she spoke of love's passion: "Come with me dear love; Come within me as one, And let my warmth for you alone Puncture deeply to the tip of your Soul's yearning for me; and, as you wish, Allow me to come so tenderly And peacefully as a lamb to the gentle Thrust of your lion's passionate Growl and groan of sweet sensual Satisfaction; Let me touch, breathe, and sense Completely the acclamation and Celebration of this our romantic love." And he replied: "I will come to you my lone love awaiting, And into love's chamber of your Sensual pleasures so as to pay in burning Passion our time's debt of love come due; Trust me to lay upon you my long-held Desire and set free the tension of love to Bloom forth your hidden orchids asleep; Let me come with the rhythm of your Sweet kitten's purr and as a lion's gentle Touch to your loin's tender flank-- 41
Frederick Douglas Harper Such as to set our hearts and souls afire, Forever, in this life of our love, And in this love of our life's remain." Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 42
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper MY PLEASURE IS YOUR PLEASURE Dear love, my pleasure is to give you Pleasure, For that is the light of my life. The sharing of the desire you evoke in me, I trust, will burn free the shackled joys Of your most precious and priceless reservoir Of sensations longing. So timely now, so fervently now, Let us come into each other's gentle arms, And set aloft and aflame the honey of our Ripened fruits. In this natural and spiritual attraction of ourselves, Let us trust our future hopes and happiness Untold to our romantic desires' yearning. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 43
Frederick Douglas Harper I WANT YOU We sat juxtaposed for a purpose other Than the unforeseen; Our eyes touched out of courtesy, but Quickly locked from the magnetism Of our own sensual vibrations; We trembled and struggled to control and Sequester our feelings for the other; Our bodies filled each other's eyes in Subtlety and brevity between interludes Of trying to look unassuming; Our gender's scent betrayed the truth of each Other's desire to our deep breath's yearning; Our skin flinched and our muscles tensed As we waited for separate buses, Hoping they would, this time, be late; We parted so painfully, knowing that We must see each other again, but Wondering so desperately "How" and "when." Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 44
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LOVE BONE'S WISH Let me touch you with the tender Tip of a love bone and explore sites Of honey along the darkest chamber Of your hidden love asleep; Let me awaken the deepest senses Of life's heights of two, connected in A whole thought of this love's moment; Let my love bone embrace my bones To your bones' embrace for this timely Moment and experience of our irresistible Love. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 45
POEMS ON LOVE LOST
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper TO SAY "HELLO" IS TO SAY "GOOD-BYE" To say "hello" is to say "good-bye," For that's the orderly way in which things are; Faces appear in winter to be lost in spring, Doors open to be closed, The sun rises and sets, Babies come and old folks die, And all people must laugh and cry; Night naturally follows day, As moon the sun; Boredom steals from life's excitement, As hatred from love's promise; Say "hello" with enjoyment, excitement, And appreciation; Say "good-bye" without anger, grief, or sorrow; To say "hello" is to say "good-bye," Remember, that's just the way things are. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 49
Frederick Douglas Harper LOVE KNOCKED Love knocked once, You refused; Love knocked twice, You opened the door; You opened your heart; Feelings awry in joy and agony; Tension and conflict of pleasure And pain--and peaks and Valleys of sweet sensuality; You called once, Love closed the door; You called twice, Love said, "No more." Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 50
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper DON'T PASS ON LOVE A love passed up can be a Love lost forever; A choice delayed, can be a Love unmade; Think too long about love, and You often think wrong about the Opportunity for a love that could Have been; Grieve long about a loved one lost, and You will suffer daily at your own Precious cost; Wait too long for the ideal prince or Princess unfound, and life will find you Empty-hearted and dead in the ground; Nevertheless, don't rush into a false love's Net, but, to the converse, don't run From an opportunity that can be lost In regret; Go with your heart's feelings And less so with your thoughts, Because a passed-up love that's caught Will only be your fault; A passed up love lost, will be your Remorse. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 51
Frederick Douglas Harper
LOSS
To lose is to have had; One cannot lose a loved one Without falling in love, Or lose a spouse without the experience Of marriage, or a child without The creation or adoption of life. We can lose one's presence, But never the images of or Experiences with that one; We can lose a loved one's presence, But not our memories of that one-- Not until we lose ourselves. To lose is to have had; To lose is still to have. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985.
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LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper TODAY AND TOMORROW Happy today, Sad tomorrow; Loved today, Rejected tomorrow; Hello today, Good-bye tomorrow; Here today, Gone tomorrow; Thus is life. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 53
Frederick Douglas Harper POETIC LETTER TO MY LOVE If I never see you again, Remember our good times Together; If I must go today or tomorrow, Remember my love for you And things we shared; I have not deferred your call In times of need; I have not promised the Unfulfillable; If it is God's will that I not See you again in this world, Just remember: I loved you then, I love you now, and I will love you forever. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 54
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LOVE IS LIKE A CANDLE LIT Love is like a candle lit And burning; Sometimes bright and light, Sometimes dull and dim, Sometimes flickering and unsteady-- Pacing its way into the dark. Love is like a candle lit And glowing; Spewing its brilliance toward the heavens, Casting its warmth with gentle wind, Buttressing confidences with hopes of joy. Love is like a candle lit And burning; And though love's precious candle may One day burn cold, its memories Must be savored and cherished always. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 55
Frederick Douglas Harper SICK LOVE I tell you, There is no love In the slavery of another; There is no love in death From love, as with Romeo and Juliet or Othello and Desdemona; There is no love In a love not loved, Or a love betrayed, Or a love paid; There is no love In the love of a body's pleasure Alone, or a love of repeated Anger and destruction atoned; There is no love In a love that is sick. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 56
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper WHEN PIECES FALL APART When pieces fall apart, Away from the whole-- Hurt it does, but go on We must with a love of those Remains and priceless memories Of past's parts, people, and places; Cry we should of tears that Do dry. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 57
Frederick Douglas Harper DEAR LOVE And it was said: "Dear love, Please know I will not Call you or call upon you again; I want nothing and need nothing From you; and what I shared With you was unappreciated But with no regret on my part; Please know you can rest in The privacy of my absence, And go both we our separate ways In search of our own happiness." Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 58
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper TO HAVE To have is to miss, To know is to miss, To experience the ecstasy of Sensuality is to suffer the pain Of absence. Love comes and love goes, Choosing carefully in couplets its Beneficiaries and victims of joy And pain, of happiness and shame. But, such is the beauty of things That come and go; of flowers, Stars, and theatre lights. Love comes and love goes; To have is to hold it precious. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 59
Frederick Douglas Harper LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE If you can, Love what you have; For once lost, you may Not be able to love it again. Love what you have; For once lost, you may Not be able to love it the same. Love what you have; For once lost, you may Not be able to love another-- You may not be able to love At all. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 60
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper WILL YOU LOVE ME IF...? Will you love me if I'm not, Or will you just love me if I am; Will you love me if I should have, Or will you just love me if I do? Will you love me if I fail or if I diminish size in your eyes, Or will you just love me as I was; Will you love me if I'm paralyzed, Damaged, lessened, or embarrassing; Or will you just love me no more? Will you love me if I change; Will you love me if I am changed-- Changed from your ideal of the lovable; Will you love me if...? Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 61
Frederick Douglas Harper LIVE AGAIN Don't die with another's death; Don't die with the loss of love Or a dream gone sour; Don't grieve, or complain, or look Back in regret; Look to the future, act in the Present, plan for you, and Live again; Live again for yourself and for those Who must depend upon you; Live now or you will not live well; Live now or you will not live long. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 62
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper DIVORCE Pain from love's death, unlike that from the Death of a love one; pain from love's death, A prolonged pain that goes not away with buried Tears of time; images recalled from the candles' Glow of a wedding cake's reflection and the warmth Of a child's eye from a shared creation; love astray In smithereens of shattered glass; a crushed crystal Of life's love's image blown off course by time's Changes. Loss of affection, physical separation, and divorce; A cruel turn of events of lost love and loyalty; A rare admixture of compassion, care, indifference And hatred; a cauldron of a million reflective Thoughts, driven by repeated pain that sucks the Blood of past investments in contributions of time And energy; sacrifices of sleep and eat and conscious Hopes for sweet revenge in defense of hurt feelings For the sake of nothing but self-content. Loss of affection, physical separation, and divorce; Smiles turned to frowns, promises to naught, and Pleasures to pain; yesterday's toast of wine glasses Broken and cut and wet all over, and love's honey 63
Frederick Douglas Harper Turned vinegar sour to wine's wasted mess among Hopes scribbled on a white table cloth. Loss of affection, physical separation, and divorce; Doubts about identity, trust, and self-pride; Love still, love nil--confused thoughts and hopes of Minds now vetoed by twisted hearts. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 64
POEMS ON LOVE RESTORED
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LOVE AGAIN Yes, as you fell in love once, You so can again, and with Greater feeling and care; Burn the bush of past pains, But not the roots of pleasure and Learned memories; If you open your heart and cap grief, You can love again with belief; As long as you breathe air and hold The heat of romantic yearning, You can love again; You can love another; As long as you love yourself. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 67
Frederick Douglas Harper CAN WE WAIT FOR THOSE WE LOVE? I'm not complaining, so why are you explaining; You are late, and I mind not the wait; We all wait to die, So why can't we wait for those we love. I'm not explaining, since you are not complaining; I am late, and you seemingly mind not the wait; We all wait to die, So why can't we wait for those we love. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 68
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper WHAT IS LOVE...? What is love, If not for a season Or a lifetime? What is love, If not for a season-- Or a reason felt? What is love without The excitement of it; Without casting a spell Of spirit, and mind, and heart Upon one who casts upon you? What is love without God's Spiritual sanction of a divine Union of two meant to be as one? 69
Frederick Douglas Harper HUG YOUR LOVE When there is anger and rage, Hug your love; When there is anxiety and fear, Hug your love; When there is disappointment and failure, Hug your love; When there is reservation and doubt, Hug your love; When there is pain and hurt, Hug your love; When there is mutual grief or mutual joy, Or just simply a time for celebration Of life, hug your love; At morning's rising and night's bedtime, Hug your love; hug each other. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 70
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LIVING AND LOVING ARE ARTS Living is an art, loving is an art; Both take thoughtfulness and not just thought, Learning and not just performance, Compassion and not just passion, Care and not just concern. To live is to love life; to love is to live life With patience, respect, appreciation, Excitement, energy, and good feeling. Living is loving self, loving others, and loving life; Loving is living with self, living with others, and Living life in great appreciation. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 71
Frederick Douglas Harper
WE LAY
We lay, back first, with eyes toward The stars; thinking of nothing Except the moment of our appreciation.
The grass beneath cushioned our relaxation, While darkness of the night shielded Us in anonymity. The cool air of evening helped our shared Presence to erase regrets of the past And worries of the future. We lay calmly, serenaded by our own Breaths of life and comforted by our Selfish thoughts of each other. We lay alone as two; but really as one-- Together for each other, Together in the world, Together against the world. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985.
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LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper HELLO, I LIKE YOU Person 1 speaks: "Excuse me please; Hello, I saw you; I like you; Would you care to talk?" Person 2 speaks: "You are excused, But not from my presence; Hello, too; I also saw you; And, sure, I would like to Talk to you too, Because, I too like you." Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 73
Frederick Douglas Harper LOVE'S CLAIM Let us forget the images of old And the attitudes we hold Of pasts; Let us start anew, For I come to claim the Woman I love-- The heart of my youth's Nurture and the soul of My manhood years; I come to claim her claim On the remainder of my life's Time and the blood of my life's Remains; Make easy my return and our return To each other's task of romance Anew and love of two; Pluck thoughts of ill from the brow Of times gone, and claim again That which was and can be. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 74
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper A LOVE UNLOVED There is nothing more painful than being With one you don't love, and being deprived Of happiness thereof; There is nothing more painful than "loving One" with whom you don't want to be, And hoping that one day you can make Yourself free; There is nothing more unromantic than to Live a myth from kiss to kiss, or weeks to Months to years to tears in boring times and A hopeless mind, smiling when you wanted to Cry and crying when you wanted to smile; Fill your empty life with something meaningful For you; Fill your empty life with love regained anew, Or seek a new love in earnest truth. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 75
Frederick Douglas Harper OH WOMAN, OH MAN "Oh woman," he asked-- "How can I satisfy you? Your suspicions are too great, Your anger is too deep; Remove thoughts' blocks from Our past romance longing; For I stand tired of your displeasure, While wanting deeply the sweet Touch of our yesteryear's memories' call; Spit forth your bitter venom once and For all, and lie bare to my bed of roses Waiting, that I may lay upon you the Pleasures remain of your unconscious Yearning." "Oh man," she replied-- "How can I trust you? Give peace to my mind's assurance Of you to me, and put still my doubt And rage from thoughts of another; Bring peace to my soul by you, Your act, and self--that I, as you wish, Can lie upon your bed of roses, So warm and sensual to your true touch To lay me bare in yesteryear's rousing Ecstasy for today's calm peace to our Enlightened romance anew." Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 76
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LOVE'S HOPE RENEWED It is said: "There is no pain and shame like The hurt and embarrassment of Love rejected; There is nothing more confusing than a Love flaunted and then unwanted; There is no cruelty like the destruction Of the spirit of a love gone bad or A love once had; There is nothing more lonely than the Wish for the return of a love lost." However, with love's new romance's Seeding, its blossoms and fruits Will lay dormant the thoughts of past Harvests gone. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 77
Frederick Douglas Harper A LOVE TO WALK WITH ME And he said, "In my transition from a love lost, I need a woman to walk Behind me to encourage me to Become all I can; I need a woman to walk Beside me when I'm honored For what she has helped me to Become; And, certainly, I need a woman To walk ahead of me, As I help her to become All that she can become. I simply need and pray for a Good woman to walk God's path in love With me and me with her." 78
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper YOU HAVE AND I HAVE YOU You have class and you don't Have to lie; You have natural beauty and don't Have to try; You have bright eyes like a supernova Starlight in the night's sky; You have security and don't Have to deny; You have Mental Health and you don't Have to get high; You have happiness and peace and don't Have to cry; You have a pleasurable sweetness Like sugared apple pie; You have me and don't ever say Good-bye; I have you and that is why-- I write this poem. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 79
Frederick Douglas Harper MATHEMATICAL LOVE Sincere love is a true number, A whole number; Never divided, subtracted, or diminished In quantity or quality; Never zero, never negative; Always positive and increasing in Weight and geometric size; Sincere love is an infinite whole of Two intersecting human sets; Sincere love multiplies itself by itself, And adds to itself over time. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 80
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper SITTING IN A CHAIR WITH A TEDDY BEAR You say you sat in a chair With your favorite teddy bear Tucked beneath your hair; Yes, you relaxed in your chair, So you now tell, by the fireplace's Glare--hugging, soothing, and stroking A warmed teddy bear with gentle Care and a pleasurable stare; So you tell, you breathed holiday Air in the cuddly care of your Designated bear; Now you recall of a night with Christmas tree lights and a lovable Bear in the romantic embrace of your care; You tell, I see, of sitting in a chair With this special teddy bear; Now you have told of a night, I see; A night I recall that you spent with me. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 81
Frederick Douglas Harper TRUE LOVE LASTS True love like gold Will not rust with time; And like fine silver, its Tarnish can be polished to Original brilliance or A greater luster; True love seeks not fault nor Excuse for escape; True love seeks itself; True love endures all times And circumstance; True love shines forever. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 82
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper A GIFT TO YOU A gift to you For what you've done, Not for what I expect of you; A gift to you, For what you are, Not for what I want you to be; A gift to you, For what we have shared, And not for what we give To each other. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 83
Frederick Douglas Harper I WILL NOT PROMISE I will not promise that I will love you tomorrow Or that I will love you tonight; I will not promise that I can love you tomorrow Or that I can love you tonight; I will only say that I love you now, And I trust that now will Last forever. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 84
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper I LOVE YOU Can we say, "I love you," If we mean it and feel it? Can we say, "I love you," Without hesitating, hedging, Stammering, or lowering our Voices to a fade? Can we say, "I love you," Without biting our tongue Or fearing regret or else? Can we say the words "I LOVE YOU"; Can we say these three words Often and clearly, Loudly and surely? Say them now; say them often. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 85
POEMS ON LOVE OF FAMILY, CHILDREN, FRIENDS, AND NATURE
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LOVE YOUR CHAIN Love the links in your chain, For a broken chain has no purpose; Love your parents, love your children; For they are strong links of proximity. Love your grandparents, Love your grandchildren, Love your sibling too; For they are also important links To a strong chain. Most of all, love your link; Love yourself-- Love all links in your chain For a broken chain has no purpose. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 89
Frederick Douglas Harper THANKS MOTHER There is nothing you can say, That is enough to thank your mother; There is nothing you can do, That is enough to thank your mother. A mother is a trustee of God's seed, A sacred temple of life; A mother's touch cannot be duplicated, Her comforting voice is never replicated. A mother's greatest gift is the gift of life, Her highest status is that of motherhood. No matter what else a mother might be, No matter what a mother does-- A mother is a mother. Thanks Mom; I love you. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 90
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper ADVICE TO YOU MY CHILD Be true to your eyes, ears, thoughts, and feelings; Listen to your heart but yield to your mind's best Judgment; Be kind and wise in spoken words, for surely your Words will follow you; Be not afraid of risks but be cautious of actions Driven by emotion, confusion, and false friends; Avoid jealousy of others' achievements and possessions; Don't live with an insatiable greed for more than You can appreciate or use; Don't eat more than your hunger's call or Drink beyond your thirst's needs; Listen to spirits that favor you and offend not Those that oppose you; Absorb yourself in an activity worthy of your unique Talent, and develop as many common Potentialities as you desire and can; Whatever you do, do it as well as you can; Live comfortably with your conscience, And be at peace with your soul; Be courageous in life, while always respecting Death's luring and lurking; Rest when tired and think when you are uncertain; Be kind to the sacredness of life and respect the Natural order of the universe; 91
Frederick Douglas Harper Follow no one or no thing except your own judgment And your own God's wish; Love and respect yourself and your family; Be all you can by developing yourself; Do all you can in helping worthy others; And live a quality and meaningful life. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 92
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper NOSTALGIA III He was big, I little; But both men in our sights; We worked together and played together, At day and night. I remember, and will forever, his Kindness and love, though only a small child; Together, we shared time: Walking in the corn field, Feeding chickens and the hog, Driving a mule-driven wagon. I watched him pray in church, drive his car, Work at two jobs, plant and harvest, Make old-fashioned wine, and care for His wife and offspring of eight. I, a child of seven, was by his side when he Died so peacefully, so courageously on a small Bed alongside a sun-lighted, open window. Granddad, I will always miss you; Granddad, I will always love you. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 93
Frederick Douglas Harper LOVE IS... "L" is for laughter shared, lament Endured, and a life cared; "O"is for obedience to another, Offering of self, overindulgence of Time spent, and okay's and ought's; "V"is for the value of sacrifice, vibrations In common, verification of feelings, and Vivid joyful experiences; "E" is for eagerness, excitement, and Energy given and received through Time and effort. LOVE is-- "L"oving "O"thers with "V"erve, vitality, and vow; and with "E"nthusiasm, expressiveness, and exhaustion. LOVE is without condition, expectation, or Anticipation. LOVE is... Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 94
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper A FRIEND A friend is Special for you And not against you; Being a friend is in One's state of mind, One's state of action-- That special one who thinks and acts For another's happiness, For another's welfare; Being a friend is giving of self With joy; Being a friend is receiving from another With appreciation; Being a friend is wanting to be a friend. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 95
Frederick Douglas Harper A POET'S POEM TO A FRIEND'S FRIEND You ask me to write a poem For a friend not near; Though miles away, one you have known Closely over the years; An unusual request to me I must tell; But one not denied since it seems You so care. A small price of time to give such precious Thought, for a long-lasting bond On each part sought; With nostalgic memories of childhood years; Remain close you have, yet seldom as near; It's been years and miles of telephone talk, Between movies, theatres, and city-park walks. So the essence of friendship, it seems Two have learned, Out of much shared experience and Mutual concern; And thus this poet closes with good thoughts Of my task, In trust that your dear friendship Will continue to last. 96
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper LET US LOVE CHILD Let us love child As a precious and impressionable life; Not as an object of selfishness, Not as an object of frustration, Not as an object of sensuality; Let us love children As the future, our future-- And even more their future; Let us love children by preventing Their undo suffering; Let us wipe horrid images from view Of their little minds, and Harsh words from their ear's reach; Let us block unnatural pain and trauma From their tender little souls, while Teaching them the natural way, The healthy way, the realistic way of life; Let us love child As we have been loved; Let us love child As we should have been loved; Let us love child As we ought to love ourselves. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 97
Frederick Douglas Harper I'M IN LOVE I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love With my son. Oh gift of God, How sweet, How joyful, How refreshing. Oh light of God, My son, I'm in love. To hold him, Is to hold Thy holy trust; To kiss his little lips, Is to feel the creation of Thy gift. Oh light of day of night, Oh light of my life, My son, my love. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 98
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper I NEVER SAW I never saw a woman who Loved her baby son so much; I never saw a man who Loved his baby son so much; I never saw parents who Loved their baby son so much; I never saw--until I saw ourselves. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 99
Frederick Douglas Harper THE SENSES OF MY LOVE What I can see, I have often loved; What I can hear, I have often loved; What I can touch, I have often loved; What I can smell, I have often loved. I have known the beauty of flowers, Music, birds, foods, people, trees, Rivers, oceans, mountains, and other Artistic creations of God and humankind. Things of beauty I have known, I have often loved-- Especially when I have paid Attention to sense their world around me. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 100
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper A FLOWER A flower-- How temporal its beauty, How delicate its petals, How variegated in colors of Red, yellow, pink, purple, and white. A flower-- How simple, how sweet the smell; A thing of adorability in bloom, A thing that expresses our Thought, care, and love. A flower-- To touch, to share, To wear in one's hair, For holidays and Special occasions everywhere. A flower-- That graces our surrounding And brings happiness and joy To the sick, the grieved, and the well. A flower-- To see, to smell, to hold; A flower, to love In the moment of our presence. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 101
Frederick Douglas Harper ODE TO A FLOWER Oh flower, in the light of sunshine And the secrecy of night's cover; Show your beauty-- Show your beauty through the moisture Of dawn's dew and the teardrops Of April's rain; Oh flower, the source of a florist's Dream to create your gift for The giver's gift of love and Compassion; Oh flower, a flower; The repeated miracle of God's grace Through the arms of plants so green With outreached branches of life's Touch; Oh flower, smile for me; Oh flower, smile that we Might see the love of Thee. Reprinted: Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. 102
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper TREES OF MAINE Elegant they stand in Maine of the USA; Tall and straight they grow In pine, fir, and spruce; Welcome and farewell they bid, through branches So broad and orderly in symmetry, So robust and serene in character; Trees, trees, and more trees, Carpeting great acreage in a mosaic Of variant shades of green; Trees, trees, and more trees, Against God's glistening sun, rolling clouds, And calm blue skies; Trees of Maine, I accept your heartening Presence and message; Trees of Maine, I wish you a happy And long stay. Reprinted: Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. 103
THOUGHTS ON LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper The following thoughts are reprinted from Frederick Douglas Harper's Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988. We give to and share with those we love and are not taken by those who profess to love us. ««« We can often end up loving most, those who need us most. ««« Romance often develops like a rose, that is, budding, blooming, and eventually dying. ««« Your love has made me stronger, and, even in your absence, you are present. ««« Romantic love frequently turns out to be everything hoped for, everything forbidden, everything gained, and everything lost. ««« 107
Frederick Douglas Harper You cannot be hot unless someone lights your fire. ««« I can never be you, and you can never be me. But we can be we; we can be one. ««« For those we love the most, we do our best. ««« It takes a special person to think and feel of love; it takes a special person to reveal such things. ««« Often, if a person is in love with you, no matter what you do wrong, "you are right." By the same token, if a person hates you, no matter what you do right, "you are wrong." ««« Never accept gifts from one who wants to claim ownership of the receiver. 108
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper ««« Women tend to believe in anything that sounds good, and men often believe in anything that looks good. ««« We can often hate those we know best, and we can often admire those we know the least. ««« The aftermath of lost love involves not just putting pieces back together; it is also the salvaging of old pieces and the creating of new pieces. ««« Love is a complicated thing that never stays the same; because love hangs on the vine. ««« Love's parting is always sweet sorrow, except when there is no sorrow. ««« 109
Frederick Douglas Harper Romance has a life, and sometimes a lifetime. ««« One who loves too much can one day hate as much. ««« Beauty is born; glamour is acquired. ««« There are those who want to get married, but who don't want to be married. ««« Beauty is to appreciate, not necessarily to consume. ««« Romantic gifts of appreciation are much better than gifts of obligation or manipulation. ««« 110
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper We very often expect too much and tolerate too little from those we profess to love. ««« Love is the a priori to creation, and it is the antithesis of war and destruction. ««« One of the great anxieties of romance is "rejecting or being rejected." ««« In romance, the "right person" is the one about whom you feel excited and around whom you feel comfortable, complete, and at peace. ««« There are those who are desperately in love with those who are not ready to be loved. ««« To love, unrestrained, one has to feel free and be free. ««« 111
Frederick Douglas Harper True romance is free from and not fraught with maybe's, might's, and may's. True romance rests on quality time shared and not on empty words. ««« The test of romance is one of mutual infatuation; however, the test of love is a test of lasting commitment to each other. ««« Love is the willingness of two persons to let things happen that are meant to be, and not to make things happen unnaturally. ««« There are times in people's lives when they should do nothing except think about things about which they have not taken the time to think. ««« In a relationship, when a person learns to lie as habit, it is difficult for that person to know and tell the truth. ««« One who tends to lie is likely to believe anything that seems to be true. 112
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper ««« There is no need to control others when you can control yourself. There is no need to manipulate others when you can manipulate your own behavior. ««« Anger has no virtue in the destruction of sacred things. ««« Many a person very often forget the living, once the living is dead. ««« In some relationships, people can get angry for nothing and stay angry forever. ««« You have to know what you want and you have to go get it; you have to know what you don't want, and you have to keep it from getting you. ««« 113
Frederick Douglas Harper A major difference between boys and men is that boys like to play too much and men like to work too much. ««« Many times, true answers come not with words but with time and actions. ««« Users tend to be losers; they use other people, and, in their greed, they tend to get used. ««« Man cannot be greater than woman, because he comes from woman. ««« A person who has not learned to love a child is one who has not learned to love self. ««« You'll never know what you are missing if you don't realize what you are missing, and you'll never know what you have or could have if you don't appreciate its value. 114
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper ««« You never can tell where the spirit of God might lead two loving souls or one; however, don't look to the past except to appreciate and evaluate; concentrate on and live in the present, and seldom look forward except to plan. The following thoughts are reprinted from Frederick Douglas Harper's Poems on Love and Life, 1985. Treat true love with kindness although caution, for it seldom visits your doorstep. ««« The goal of marriage is not to have a happy marriage, necessarily, but to be happy in marriage. ««« In planning marriage, it is wise to know your mate's pedigree and history. ««« 115
Frederick Douglas Harper Jealousy is the mother of hatred, and hatred is the mother of destruction. ««« Nobody can be truly used in so-called love unless that person submits to being used. ««« Loss of love and affection is not just a personal experience, it is a human experience. ««« People don't make love; love makes people--or at least it should. ««« There are many lovable qualities in people besides their physical attributes. ««« The greatest love is the love of a lost love--so take not for granted those whom you profess to love. 116
LOVE POEMS of Frederick Douglas Harper ««« A woman is God's most sacred trustee and temple of life. ««« There are some people who want to be in love without falling in love; there are those who want love without taking the risk to love or be loved. References (complete references for reprinted poems and thoughts) Harper, F. D. (1985). Poems on love and life. Alexandria, VA: Douglass Publishers. Harper, F. D. (1988). Romantica: On peace and romance. Alexandria, VA: Douglass Publishers. 117
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Frederick Douglas Harper has authored more than 300 published poems. As an international scholar and professor of counseling, he has authored more than 100 publications including college textbooks, journal articles, and book chapters. In addition, Harper has served as a professional counselor, university administrator, president of professional associations, and editor of two international scholarly journals. He has conducted numerous workshops on "love and relationships" and has presented hundreds of motivational speeches and scholarly conference presentations throughout the world, including speeches and lectures in Argentina, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Harper's most popular poem, "A Wedding Pledge," has been recorded on CD, recited in more than 5,000 weddings, translated into other languages, and reprinted in magazines. His poems have been read on WPFW Radio in
Washington, DC for more than 15 years, alongside the poetry of the famous Langston Hughes. Harper's other poem books, sold throughout the USA and in numerous other countries, include Poems on Love and Life (1985), Romantica: On Peace and Romance (1988), and God's Gifts: Spiritual Writings (2003). Harper has received hundreds of letters of appreciation and commendation on his poetry from readers of his work, including letters from public figures such as Lionel Richie, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Davis, and Renee Poussaint (national network news commentator). An extraordinary and highly spiritual human being, Frederick Harper has jogged more than 32,000 miles in 119 different cities throughout the world, and he has inspired many people through his writings, teachings, and public speaking.

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