Saturday, February 13, 2010

Nancy Simpson Chooses Her Number One Favorite Love Poem on Valentines Day --"The Greeting" by James Haba

















The Greeting by James Haba

You have been traveling.
I can see it in your eyes--
the unknown roads demanding new belief.
The light of your will in submission
to the pattern bringing us together.

I have been busy waiting.
putting fresh flowers on the table
filling the lamps with kerosene,
arranging ( as well as I could)
everything, so that you might feel
that you had arrived
at the right place
at the right time.

Hello
I am so glad that you could come.
And in honor of our being here together
Let us make a scratch on the wall of the cave.
We could talk.
We could begin with idle chatter.
I'll start
I'll say, "I love you."



Believed to be James Haba's first published poem,
from Ten Love Poems Anthologized by
Robet Bly ( 1981)


2 comments:

Tipper said...

Nancy, I've never read the poem before-but I can see why you like it so. Thanks for sharing it with me.

Suzanne said...

oh I loved this poem...so sweet