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Love Tells Poems

Love hurts.  Love nourishes.  Love tears us apart.

Love composes symphonies, writes novels, bleeds words into songs.

Love is sometimes all we have left.

Love sustains.

Love tells poems.


Words prompted by a conversation on the web.

The conversation reminded me of some of the most beautiful, sorrowful, honest expressions of love that I’ve read and heard: from poet Shane Koyzcan.

This one’s on the love between a mother and a son… and how love writes poems.

It’s called Move Pen Move.

The poem is from his collection: Visiting Hours

Visiting Hours (Paperback)
by Shane Koyczan

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  1. Andy Hayes says:

    Wow. After that, I’m not sure if there is much left to say, but.. wow.

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  2. Alexander says:

    I must say that video was amazing. It juts inspire me to get back to my poetry. God Bless!

  3. wilson says:

    Love can give us strength that we need; Love can tear our hearts into apart.

    No matter what, I’m still believe that Love will turn this world into a better living place, Joanna!

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  4. Conor
    Twitter: ebbstachio

    Wow, that is heart-wrenchingly beautiful :)

    Thank you for sharing.


  5. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Andy, I agree there isn’t much more to be said after that ;-) I saw Shane a few years back in Edinburgh and I was mesmerised (and speechless). He really had us in the palm of his hand, one minute laughing our heads off, the next weeping at a poem like this.

    Alexander I’m glad you enjoyed it. It inspires me too, to write better, but also to express my ideas, emotions and beliefs, and not to be scared of being human

    wilson, I believe that too. And you know, I feel so blessed to have such wonderful readers here. You give me such strength and encouragement.

    Conor that is just the right way to describe it. Thank you.

  6. Robyn McMaster says:

    Joanna, sometimes the highest calling of love is letting go of what we love most to give it freedom… to open our hands as we would to a butterfly we’d ruin to clasp.

    A mother Robin knows this instinctively as she knocks fledglings out of a nest before they can really fly.

    I learn more about this every day… It’s a life long process.

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  7. Gennaro says:

    I can see the connection between the two questions. There is much to learn about love from poetry. My favorite poet in terms of romantic poetry is Pablo Neruda. The Captain’s Verses is a beautiful portrayal of his passion. I also like that most editions come with both the English and Spanish versions. The original sounds lovely to the ear.

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  8. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Robyn, thank you for picking up so eloquently on the theme of that poem. You’ve captured very well one of the most important dimensions - and challenges - of love.

    Gennaro, I agree - lots to learn about love from poetry, and lots to learn about poetry from love :-) You’re reminding me (to my chagrin) that I have a book of Neruda’s poetry on my shelves… unread. I must rectify that. Thanks.

  9. Michele says:

    Very touching words, Joanna! Great job! :-) I can tell it was written right from your heart. ;-)


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  11. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Michele, hi - sorry you got stuck in akismet for a little while. Maybe it can’t cope with all those smiles! It was written from the heart. I sat crying over the poem when I re-read it the other night, which is why I knew I had to share it with you here :-)

  12. Michele says:

    That’s quite alright, Joanna, I understand. :-)

    Yeah, akismet was feeling crabby and didn’t want those smiles shining so brightly!


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  13. Stefan says:

    The poem made me think of my favourite short film ever: Thematically similar but wordless.

  14. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Stefan, I’m very sorry I overlooked your comment - or rather overlooked replying to it. I think I got distracted by going off to watch the video. You’re right - very similar themes, although I have to confess it didn’t have the same emotional impact on me. Confirmation (if I needed it) that it’s words that do it for me, every time ;-)