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[Poetry Friday] “Love Poem” by Maggie Smith

Fool that I am, I love you.


Fats here.

Love is perhaps one of the most talked about subjects in poetry. Today’s poem is no different, yet it sort of is. In her piece, Love Poem, Maggie Smith writes a love poem addressed to the world. It’s another reason why I admire Smith’s gift with words. This is still part of her poetry collection, Good Bones.

Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect!

“Sometimes the best thing I can do to improve a poem is to loosen my grip on it… if you tie up every loose end, if you scrub all the strangeness and wildness and ambiguity out of it, you can revise the life right out of a poem if you’re not careful. You can put its light out.”

Image by Ryoji Matsuzaki. This is the forest of Shiratani-Unsuikyo, which was most often associated with the origin of the inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke.
Love Poem

What can I give you? You have plenty
of seas, seven at last count, and another

version of yourself beneath them, unseen:
doppelgänger caves and mountains,

the tallest secret ranges not for climbing.
Besides, I can’t make you a sea

or fill each transparent wave with equally
transparent fish. I can’t assemble

a forest or populate the trees with birds.
You have all the cranes you could want,

feathered or folded from paper. Look,
I have these two babies—but you?

You have more children than you can feed,
more than you can keep alive. Every day

you lose thousands, gain thousands.
No wonder the numbers mean nothing.

You need more than I or anyone can give.
But, fool that I am, I love you. I’m hot

for you. Here, warm your hands by the fire.
I made it with myself and a match.


Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

6 comments on “[Poetry Friday] “Love Poem” by Maggie Smith

  1. The poem and the quote are both beautifully thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing them, Fats!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wow. I am taken with poems that begin with questions. Thank you for this.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I think I need to read more of her poems, Fats. Thanks for this one, a love poem to the earth is needed! I love that first quote, too!

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  4. maryleehahn

    Oh my goodness, that ending!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Kay Mcgriff

    Thank you for sharing this poem. May we all ask what we can give the world.

    Liked by 1 person

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