Adrian Henri

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

Love Is... - Poem by Adrian Henri

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...

Comments about Love Is... by Adrian Henri

  • (11/23/2017 12:41:00 PM)

    This just stole my heart, what an apt description, I am sure from a first hander! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Jon Holloway (8/20/2017 9:38:00 AM)

    This is one of my favourites, it inspired me write a poem about love lost. The formatting will be bad but I have pasted it bellow. It was published circa 1997. I think Adrian's was much better and more positive!


    Stop smiling at me out of your photograph
    I know you are crying

    Your toothbrush sits in a little holder
    It will not be used again

    The food you bought for our evening is still in the fridge
    I shall eat it alone

    Stop laughing at me out of your photograph
    I know you are crying

    We made love in an understanding silence
    Now I make toast

    You would never give me the chance to be myself
    Now I am me

    I hope that you will be happy somewhere
    Not with me

    She giggled at me out of her picture
    I tore it up
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  • Robert Murray Smith (5/5/2017 11:31:00 PM)

    I like this take on love.10 (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (1/27/2017 8:05:00 PM)

    Beautiful love poem, well articulated and nicely penned in good diction with conviction. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/28/2016 10:40:00 AM)

    What a love, , , , , , , Fantastic (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (7/18/2016 9:49:00 PM)

    ya, simple definition of love. i agree love is..... (Report) Reply

  • (5/21/2014 9:27:00 AM)

    The poem and contents of poem is love and affection which sees the poet in every angle and it is awesome (Report) Reply

  • Paul Sebastian (5/5/2014 5:11:00 AM)

    Great write! Love is found in all the little ways that express being loved. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • (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

  • Primrose Tee (5/3/2014 5:25:00 AM)

    love is me smiling when i think about you (Report) Reply

  • (5/2/2014 1:20:00 AM)

    Such a great write on what love is..... (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

  • (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
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  • (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

  • Roongratt Srimanchantha (5/4/2012 9:03:00 AM)

    A good one Adrian!

    Love is talking to you when you are not there
    And love is thinking of you with every breath I take..
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  • Thomas Duncky (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

  • (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

  • (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!
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, October 1, 2007

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