No love letter is good enough. No letter can do justice to your love. Love’s just a condition in human life, where the words are incapable. If someone knows how – those are the poets of the world, who have tried to express their love suffering through words…I would advise you to steal from the Greats:
The Good Book – the Bible: Corinthians 13:4-8 has got the greatest treatise on love:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.
Here Shelley, the master of words in his attempt to convince people to reflect the love that they receive:
The fountain mingles with the river
And the rivers with the Ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?-
See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeam kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
Really, why not? Kissing makes sense most of the time, especially, when you know you are making a person happy. In Shelley’s universe, everyone deserves romantic love the entire time.
Part of the beautiful poem of Christina Rosetti demonstrates the glory and affluence, and the solemnity of Love:
Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleur-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.
A good love letter can be a box of chocolate and a long-stem rose…or simply candy, or another small treat, but it has to be a surprise. Start with: “My angel, my all and my second self”… and finish with “if you fail to come to me, a part of me will surely die…” and somewhere around the middle, please insert: “there is neither life nor death without you!” A good love letter can be dramatic, but it can also be peaceful and meaningful, like what A.A. Miln wrote to his wife in the dedication of his literary masterpiece “Winnie the Pooh:”
Hand in hand we come
Christopher Robin and I
To lay this book in your lap.
Say you’re surprised?
Say you like it?
Say it’s just what you wanted?
Because it’s yours-
because we love you.”
Or it can be random jotting down of your inner monologue, like in this excerpt from James Joyce’s Penelope, which says Yes:
where I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.
There are thousands of ways to demonstrate your love.
You can make it really tiny – as if for a fairy:
Tell them how much you love them. From here to Mozambique! What did you feel when you first met – of course, you were devastated, had goose bumps and butterflies in the stomach. What do you love about him? – Socks on the toilet.
Invite him to a special dinner – wine and cheese in an expensive restaurant. Make a list of compliments: sexy, lustful, irresistible, alien…Share what marriage has taught you – to be grateful and opinionated! Write a poem to him, of course. Draw a picture which symbolizes your relationship. Your favorite joke, your dreams of future together – on the beaches of Zakynthos. Why you can’t live without him – it should be quite obvious. Plan a trip, say a little prayer, or simply jot down the lyrics to a special song:
“You came and you changed my world, I love you, Liberian girl!”
Tell them you will not tell them:
“And you will never know, I will never show, what I feel, what I need from you no…”
Your ideas are welcome in the comments: