Do I love you? No!
Not for me that loosely-used word;
That much-abused cliche
That has lost much of its meaning.
What I feel for you is deeper
Than what bemused teenagers
Whisper to themselves;
Than what money-crazed girls say
When their minds are entirely on things mercenary;
Than what men tell too-believing women
In order to have a taste of the ‘paradise’ they carry.
My feelings transcend all these.
Are eternal, ageless, forever.
They may be clothed in differing hues,
And may move with the vicissitudes of life,
But are eternal, ageless, forever.
I love you.