Love Without the Flowers and Candy

 

On Valentine’s Day, I wanted to post a simple and funny poem about love. This poem by Tony Hoagland describes the everyday of love, the real moments when two people realize they love each other. These moments are usually not over a candlelight dinner. In my experience, they happen while driving to the dog park or unloading dishwasher. Here’s to good, simple love without any lace or frills. Enjoy the poem:

Windchime

by Tony Hoagland

She goes out to hang the windchime

in her nightie and her work boots.

It’s six-thirty in the morning

and she’s standing on the plastic ice chest

tiptoe to reach the crossbeam of the porch,

windchime in her left hand,

hammer in her right, the nail

gripped tight between her teeth

but nothing happens next because

she’s trying to figure out

how to switch #1 with #3.

She must have been standing in the kitchen,

coffee in her hand, asleep,

when she heard it—the wind blowing

through the sound the windchime

wasn’t making

because it wasn’t there.

No one, including me, especially anymore believes

till death do us part,

but I can see what I would miss in leaving—

the way her ankles go into the work boots

as she stands upon the ice chest;

the problem scrunched into her forehead;

the little kissable mouth

with the nail in it.

 

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