Posts Tagged ‘love’

The story of you and I


Can it be, that you and I
Are ready now, to say goodbye?
And can the dreams we shared as one
Finally be over with, and done?

Can something wane that was so fine
As the deep love, like yours and mine?
The love we shared that was our song,
Just faded away until ‘twas gone.

I find it hard to believe it’s so,
That love like ours would cease to grow.
I saw our love growing deeper with time,
But your thoughts on love, were not as mine.

For you knew it wasn’t ever true
That you loved me, as I loved you.
And you knew you’d be untrue someday,
When love for me had faded away.

When love’s flame, that burned for me,
Flickered, then dimmed, and ceased to be,
You looked around for someone new
To kindle the fires of passion in you.

‘Twas then the story of You and I,
Came to an end – was allowed to die.
I should have known, from things you said,
That feelings for me had long been dead.

The signs were there, but I could not see,
For faith and trust had blinded me.
Abiding love made me believe
That you, like I, could not deceive.

Now there’s nothing, as our destiny nears . . .
No love to grow deeper, in autumnal years.
And it’s too late to start my life anew,
For the scope of my love, knew only you.

9/17/73 Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

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(for Johnny, on the birth of Matt)
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Baby needs a “big brother”
One exactly like you
To protect him and teach him
And show him things to do

Your Mom and Dad will need you, too
They are proud of their fine son
They love you just as much as Matt
Because you’re their # 1

Babies can’t tell you where they hurt
Or when they need to eat
So they cry, to let their Mom know
That there are needs she must meet

Babies get lots of attention
Which sometimes seems unfair
But when you were tiny like baby Matt
You had the same loving care

You will always be loved dearly
By parents, and others, too
No one can ever “take your place”
I promise you, it’s true

9/22/88 Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

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Traditions of Youth


Gold dandelions

       reflecting under the chin

              affirming young love

2/16/03 Phyllis VanVleck

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A still night Haiku


In the night’s stillness

a cricket’s strident love call

carries on the breeze

3/18/90 Phyllis VanVleck

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Mothers, daughters,
And sisters, too,
Can win one’s heart
By what they do.

I’ll not forget
Mom’s love for me.
I count it as
Her legacy.

Daughters, sisters,
All passed the test.
I love each one,
But here’s the best –

Granddaughters, four,
That I can kiss,
And hold real close,
Now that’s true bliss.

9/10/94 Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

4’th … Arkansas NPD 1994

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How will I know?

            YOU AND I


How will I know you love me

Unless you tell me so

How will I know you share my joy

If you don’t let me know


How will I know you feel my pain

If all your tears you hide

How will I know I can lean on you

If you’re not at my side


I’ll laugh with you and cry with you

And I will do my part

By demonstrating depth of love

That dwells within my heart 


But you in turn, must do the same

Committing love that’s true

Be there for me, as meant to be

And I’ll be there for you.



9/8/50          Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

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