Judith Viorst

(February 2, 1931)

True Love - Poem by Judith Viorst

It is true love because
I put on eyeliner and a concerto and make pungent observations about the great issues of the day
Even when there's no one here but him,
And because
I do not resent watching the Green Bay Packer
Even though I am philosophically opposed to football,
And because
When he is late for dinner and I know he must be either having an affair or lying dead in the middle of the street,
I always hope he's dead.

It's true love because
If he said quit drinking martinis but I kept drinking them and the next morning I couldn't get out of bed,
He wouldn't tell me he told me,
And because
He is willing to wear unironed undershorts
Out of respect for the fact that I am philosophically opposed to ironing,
And because
If his mother was drowning and I was drowning and he had to choose one of us to save,
He says he'd save me.

It's true love because
When he went to San Francisco on business while I had to stay home with the painters and the exterminator and the baby who was getting the chicken pox,
He understood why I hated him,
And because
When I said that playing the stock market was juvenile and irresponsible and then the stock I wouldn't let him buy went up twenty-six points,
I understood why he hated me,
And because
Despite cigarette cough, tooth decay, acid indigestion, dandruff, and other features of married life that tend to dampen the fires of passion,
We still feel something
We can call
True love.


Comments about True Love by Judith Viorst

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/15/2016 11:34:00 PM)

    True love defined with elaboration. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra Subhas Chandra Chakra (6/15/2016 10:56:00 PM)

    Despite cigarette cough, tooth decay, acid indigestion, dandruff, and other features of married life that tend to dampen the fires of passion,
    We still feel something
    We can call
    True love.
    Wonderfully honest in love.
    Your approach is praiseworthy.
    Thanks for the poem.10 for it.
    Subhas (Report) Reply

  • Evensong Evensong (6/15/2016 6:21:00 PM)

    I admire the honesty and humour of this brave lady but I agree it sounds like the real thing, true love. (Report) Reply

  • Ludolf Dauphin Ludolf Dauphin (6/15/2016 5:03:00 PM)

    What a great poem, I like it very much. I like how you illustrate love. (Report) Reply

  • Kinyua Karanja Kinyua Karanja (6/15/2016 6:10:00 AM)

    I like the way love is illustrated in this poem, the persona arguments why she think there is true love between her and her partner. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A Ramesh T A (6/15/2016 2:46:00 AM)

    Indeed true love is beyond all drawbacks of life and is there to compensate them all for life between two souls! (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda Anil Kumar Panda (6/15/2016 2:40:00 AM)

    Very well said. Nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (6/15/2016 2:09:00 AM)

    We still feel something! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (6/15/2016 1:54:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem on true love. It is the honesty with which we recognize our shortcomings as well as those of our partner and then do everything to have an harmonious relationship in life without regrets. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Raymond Farrell (4/20/2015 11:46:00 PM)

    Sheer honesty and who can't understand this is indeed true love (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Sharp Leslie Sharp (11/4/2014 7:21:00 AM)

    I thought it was nastiest poem I ever read. It makes me sick thinking how my ex-husband treated me in a vow
    I made before Lord Jesus! One I truely ask the heavens pardon from. Pain and abuse. (Report) Reply

  • Bill Grace (6/24/2014 7:22:00 PM)

    It made me laugh. Can any poet hope to give a greater gift? Bill Grace (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai Ramesh Rai (12/22/2013 3:34:00 AM)

    Great write Ma'am. it is indeed true love.May God bless you to be with evergreen true love.
    Regards (Report) Reply

  • Luis Espinoza (3/18/2009 2:57:00 AM)

    I found this in a book of love poems. I read it to my girlfriend because I knew it would make her laugh and smile. (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Rodgers (11/11/2008 12:12:00 PM)

    I loved this poem because it made me laugh with it's sheer honesty and truthfullness. May you have a blessed marriage
    Dawn (Report) Reply

  • Hunter Dasten (10/21/2008 12:06:00 PM)

    What a wonderful poem, I enjoyed it very much! (Report) Reply

  • Luis Gil (12/13/2007 12:35:00 PM)

    You can see a beautiful world from those eyes. (Report) Reply

  • Otteri Selvakumar Otteri Selvakumar (9/28/2006 10:19:00 AM)

    True love

    is thear

    yaa with u...! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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