I love you not only for what you are…


From http://whiterosemari.wordpress.com

I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;

I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple.
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.

I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good.
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.

You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.

You have done it
By being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
Being a friend means,
After all.

By Roy Croft

From http://weblogman.com/


13 thoughts on “I love you not only for what you are…

  1. livelytwist says:

    So beautiful. Happy are those who have such a friend.

  2. shafiqrafi says:

    Reblogged this on Before the ink dries and commented:

  3. satzie says:

    So sweet. Lovely poem. 🙂

  4. I love this! I’m going to recommend it to my clients for their weddings. To me, this reading really gets it right. Some of the readings we currently offer or that clients find on their own sound so outdated. This is great!

  5. bkpyett says:

    A gentle and meaningful poem, so beautiful! 🙂

  6. jessmbaum says:

    I’ve heard so many people connecting love with pain lately, it’s nice to absorb something that properly expresses what it means to love and be loved in return.

  7. Sandra says:

    I love this. Thank you for sharing! Such perfect timing for me. . .

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