Judith Viorst

(February 2, 1931)

True Love


It is true love because
I put on eyeliner and a concerto and make pungent observations about the great issues of the day
Even when there's no one here but him,
And because
I do not resent watching the Green Bay Packer
Even though I am philosophically opposed to football,
And because
When he is late for dinner and I know he must be either having an affair or lying dead in the middle of the street,
I always hope he's dead.

It's true love because
If he said quit drinking martinis but I kept drinking them and the next morning I couldn't get out of bed,
He wouldn't tell me he told me,
And because
He is willing to wear unironed undershorts
Out of respect for the fact that I am philosophically opposed to ironing,
And because
If his mother was drowning and I was drowning and he had to choose one of us to save,
He says he'd save me.

It's true love because
When he went to San Francisco on business while I had to stay home with the painters and the exterminator and the baby who was getting the chicken pox,
He understood why I hated him,
And because
When I said that playing the stock market was juvenile and irresponsible and then the stock I wouldn't let him buy went up twenty-six points,
I understood why he hated me,
And because
Despite cigarette cough, tooth decay, acid indigestion, dandruff, and other features of married life that tend to dampen the fires of passion,
We still feel something
We can call
True love.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
2 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: football, respect, baby, passion, mother, green, hope, home, love, hate

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (True Love by Judith Viorst )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 7 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. The Coming Of Harmattan, Tony Adah
  2. Pursuing Rhythms, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. Innocense, ekta mudgal
  4. What Would Happen, IF I Were Unseen?, Mr. Nobody
  5. The Buried Past, David Lewis Paget
  6. Individual Predicaments, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. Limerick-1(GIRL-FRIEND OR GRANNY), Saheb Mohapatra
  8. Question Of Faith, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  9. So Into Grief, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. What's The Use?, RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Poem of the Day

poet William Butler Yeats

WINE comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Anna Akhmatova

 

Member Poem

poet Sumita Datta

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. A Drinking Song, William Butler Yeats
  4. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. Television, Roald Dahl
  9. Everything, Anna Akhmatova
  10. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]