True Love Poem by Sharon Olds

True Love

Rating: 4.8


In the middle of the night, when we get up
after making love, we look at each other in
complete friendship, we know so fully
what the other has been doing. Bound to each other
like mountaineers coming down from a mountain,
bound with the tie of the delivery-room,
we wander down the hall to the bathroom, I can
hardly walk, I hobble through the granular
shadowless air, I know where you are
with my eyes closed, we are bound to each other
with huge invisible threads, our sexes
muted, exhausted, crushed, the whole
body a sex—surely this
is the most blessed time of my life,
our children asleep in their beds, each fate
like a vein of abiding mineral
not discovered yet. I sit
on the toilet in the night, you are somewhere in the room,
I open the window and snow has fallen in a
steep drift, against the pane, I
look up, into it,
a wall of cold crystals, silent
and glistening, I quietly call to you
and you come and hold my hand and I say
I cannot see beyond it. I cannot see beyond it.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Wayne Kingston 06 March 2016

People who experienced true cohabitation during a truly love-filled relationship can readily feel the essence of the moment portrayed. Fond memories for many; foreign material for more. I wish al True Love. Thx for putting this to verse.

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M Asim Nehal 28 September 2016

Very True, I agree with your comments

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Kshirod Kumar Dehury 23 November 2017

ohhhhh such a great poem.nice very true love.beautifull in this lovely poem.thanks for sharing.10++++++

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Gajanan Mishra 05 January 2016

so earthly.. not beyond that..

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Anonymous 26 January 2018

I will help you see

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Aisha Barbie 24 November 2021

wow amazing poem I agree with you! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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Annalease 30 July 2020

This poem is one of the only love poems I can relate to. Not too mushy and squishy, not too stern. Perfect.

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Selina 30 July 2020

Anyone here after hearing/watching Hozier read this poem on his Instagram live? Incredible poem. All the feels. Thanks to Sharon Olds for the poem and Hozier for introducing his fans to it.

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Dr Antony Theodore 23 April 2020

In the middle of the night, when we get up after making love, we look at each other in complete friendship, we know so fully what the other has been doing. Relating an intimate experience. tony

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Sylvia Frances Chan 15 October 2018

LOVE, my fav. subject. Realistic and crystal clear. Such a beautiful poem this has become, Sharon. So happy to Congratulate you that this poem is chosen as the Modern Poem Of The Day, hurray! A 10 and myriad of 10's. Sincerely, Sylvia Frances Chan

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