Treasure Island

Adrian Henri

(10 April 1932 - 20 December 2000 / Birkenhead, Cheshire)

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Love Is...


Love is...

Love is feeling cold in the back of vans

Love is a fanclub with only two fans

Love is walking holding paintstained hands

Love is.

Love is fish and chips on winter nights

Love is blankets full of strange delights

Love is when you don't put out the light

Love is

Love is the presents in Christmas shops

Love is when you're feeling Top of the Pops

Love is what happens when the music stops

Love is

Love is white panties lying all forlorn

Love is pink nightdresses still slightly warm

Love is when you have to leave at dawn

Love is

Love is you and love is me

Love is prison and love is free

Love's what's there when you are away from me

Love is...

Submitted: Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Edited: Monday, October 01, 2007

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  • K.c. Ford (5/4/2014 6:08:00 AM)

    Could be written by most with a pen in hand - didn't tax his brain with this one. (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Philibert (5/4/2014 5:29:00 AM)

    I love the work of the Liverpool poets, many years ago at school I read all of their work, there are good anthologies,
    try the one from Penguin.. (Report) Reply

  • Abhiraj Rajadhyaksha (5/6/2012 2:29:00 AM)

    I love the climax... I mean this poem doesn't have a proper climax. It is left on a very uncertain note. But that's the beauty of it: D Amazing work (Report) Reply

  • Robert Burns (5/4/2012 10:32:00 PM)

    Love is Adrian Henri, left undone, for the rest of us, to be made into fun.
    Robert Burns, Portland, Oregon (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (5/4/2012 1:07:00 PM)

    so many of us tried to define love
    and if i read them all i would be
    100 years before i even have half. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (5/4/2012 9:33:00 AM)

    Love is what happens when the music stops....what happens! Perhaps from where the silence begins....Is that love! What an offbeat idea! ..... (Report) Reply

  • Dash Black (5/4/2012 6:59:00 AM)

    'Love's what's there when you are away from me' True lines, never read anything describing love in so a practical way.10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Sneha Poovanna (5/4/2012 4:31:00 AM)

    These lines are so simple yet so true that everybody in love experiences..Love is all we need :) (Report) Reply

  • Peri Morgan (2/14/2009 8:39:00 AM)

    The part i like most, and that i find most true:
    'love is a prison, love is free'
    This one line alone describes exactly what i define to be love.
    Well done on a poem composed from the heart! (Report) Reply

  • *Trusting You* (11/11/2008 6:14:00 PM)

    Love is what happens when the music stops
    that is a good line. good job. love is everything you said I think, but really I dont know I have not found him.
    *Purkey Girl* (Report) Reply

  • Sakura Midori (10/2/2005 4:02:00 AM)

    i liked your poem a lot! your lines stick with me because they are beautiful in their simplicity (Report) Reply

  • Anita Gregory (9/3/2005 1:19:00 PM)

    I Love this poem - sure its not going to be to everyones tatse but sometimes you can make things too complicated and this for me says it all. (Report) Reply

  • Lidiya Zaharieva (7/25/2005 10:04:00 AM)

    interesting, most definitely, interesting....

    the way love is shown is close to many but not to all so im not sure if this poem can reach to all levels, however it is very well structured and aimed at that physical aspect of love.... (Report) Reply

  • Krystle Newberry (7/1/2005 3:51:00 PM)

    'Love is feeling cold in the back of vans' I agree there! lol... I love your explanation of love.. but it's more than physical (Report) Reply

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