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(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral / Chile)

I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You

I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
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  • Ruby Root (7/14/2006 1:03:00 AM)

    The poet seems possessed with love. Love seems to consume the poets life. Excellent and talented writer.

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  • Heather Hempel (7/13/2006 11:02:00 PM)

    I believe this poem is like marriage. I think that sometimes after time the love is because it's love. At times true and at times I wonder what more is there.

  • Poetry Hound (6/17/2006 4:46:00 PM)

    This poem sort of meanders around, so perhaps Uriah is right that it reflects the maddening illogical poetry of love. The third stanza sort of arrives out of nowhere. The poem would be fine without it out although it provides a breather from the logic knots in the other stanzas.

  • IT'S ME K.S.Z. (12/8/2005 9:49:00 AM)

    Is this about me? It is exactly how I feel and how my life has been for the past year.

  • Uriah Hamilton (7/20/2005 8:44:00 AM)

    The maddening illogical poetry of love!

  • Ranz Cags (3/17/2005 4:00:00 AM)

    Oh! A really wonderful poem! It shows a chaos of emotion, as if hiding a bomb about to explode.

  • Dave De Haas (2/21/2005 11:35:00 PM)

    this poem show to me that this person does not know what they want, or it's just that the love this person so much that they do not want to hurt then. There for you ca not love them.
    great poem.

  • Anita B (11/4/2004 8:58:00 AM)

    This poem to me reflects a struggle. A war between the passion the heart is feeling and the logic of the mind..Thoughts and feelings are a classic struggle. “We do not chose love, love chooses us” Sometimes we deeply love someone, or something, despite the facts why we shouldn’t. Like an addiction “I do not see you but love you blindly” I love you madly and sometimes it’s beyond my control. What should one do, follow their heart, or use their brain and try to do what is right?

  • Anong All (6/22/2004 1:15:00 AM)

    This poem to me, feels like a unconditional way of looking, and longing for love for all who; where, are, and who will be. Could also feel a powerful thought of a blessing/lesson, that we are all Family.....Everything that is, that exsists, have ways of communication, and finding ways to futher the healing pains. This poem is very inspiring.

    Respectfully Yours,
    Jodilee Duke

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