If you loved enough

The rhythm of the sea is the incessant wondering –
not if you loved but if you loved enough. An answer

that will only come with loss. The verbs of separation
conjugate in excruciating ways. Grief is a hyphen

connecting empty mirrors. Shouldn’t absence invalidate
a mirror? How much can you love a night not defined

by a moon or stars? Should such a night, be night? You
ask if it is the fault of the sky or the limits of love or of the

imperfect lover? Enduring darkness in the hope that
morning will come, is not love, it is faith in the light.

Love asks for more. At low tide, it asks you who you
are, after taking what you do not have and cannot give.

29 thoughts on “If you loved enough

  1. Intriguing, leaving us with a calm sea at low tide. I love how the questions resonate against each other, and show absence in so many ways. I think nothing is invalidated. With Rilke, I feel each love makes us ready for the next. He’s talking about romantic love, but let me expand that. My next poetry book–now compiled but not yet self-published–is called “Grieving into Love.” “Love asks for more.” Yes. But grief may ask for even more as it says to crack open and let love pour through.

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  2. Can anyone ever love enough, Rajani? This is a splendid poem, in its use of language, imagery and its message. I was particularly stunned by ‘Grief is a hyphen / connecting empty mirrors’ and ‘How much can you love a night not defined / by a moon or stars?’

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  3. Love is a boat that has saved me. Your poem is brilliant. I especially love this: The verbs of separation
    conjugate in excruciating ways. Grief is a hyphen connecting empty mirrors. Shouldn’t absence invalidate
    a mirror?

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