My Bloody Valentines

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“I loved you first: but afterwards your love”

BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI

Poca favilla gran fiamma seconda. – Dante 
Ogni altra cosa, ogni pensier va fore, 
E sol ivi con voi rimansi amore. 
– Petrarca 

I loved you first: but afterwards your love
    Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song
As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove.
    Which owes the other most? my love was long,
    And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong;
I loved and guessed at you, you construed me
And loved me for what might or might not be –
    Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong.
For verily love knows not ‘mine’ or ‘thine;’
    With separate ‘I’ and ‘thou’ free love has done,
         For one is both and both are one in love:
Rich love knows nought of ‘thine that is not mine;’
         Both have the strength and both the length thereof,
Both of us, of the love which makes us one.
Happy Valentines Day to G – the man who entered my life without ever wanting to have a relationship, yet here we are – 22yrs , two kids, a house, four cars, four chickens, two dogs, two cats, a rabbit and a chinchilla later – on the most fantastic relationship adventure ever.  You are definitely my partner in crime!  I could never have picked a better person to have grown with.  Words will never adequately describe my love for you.  So, I can only simply say that I love you.
And Happy Valentines Day to SB – my Daddy – my boyfriend (even though I am well aware you are not a boy anymore).  I marvel at how we walked along the periphery of each other’s lives for so long before a single conversation – both of us a bit high from our separate play scenes – resulted in what we have today.  You have been the salve for my soul.  Your touch, your words – they reach me in a ways I cannot describe. I look forward to our continued adventures – both in the scene and in the world.  Love you muchly, Daddy.

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