Judith Viorst

(February 2, 1931)

True Love

Poem by Judith Viorst

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.


Comments about True Love by Judith Viorst

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/1/2020 9:14:00 AM)

    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. Love in married life, a big problem but still... tony(Report)Reply

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  • Hebert Logerie Sr.Hebert Logerie Sr. (2/14/2020 8:58:00 PM)

    I hate to tell you that " true love" exists only on Valentine's day, in one day of the year.(Report)Reply

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  • Malabika Ray ChoudhuryMalabika Ray Choudhury (2/14/2020 5:14:00 PM)

    Love this poem! So real!(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (2/14/2020 7:06:00 AM)

    So real! ! This is what happened between husband and wife. But the love wins. Such a lovely poem and i would like to read it again and again.Loved it.(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic Windram (2/14/2020 2:05:00 AM)

    An interesting modern perspective on love in free verse form. Judith Viorst skillfully deconstructs the traditional romantic approach to love poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/14/2020 12:25:00 AM)

    It's true love
    yeah
    true heart can make always true love(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/3/2020 4:11:00 AM)

    Love
    there is true love
    for kissing the lips of eternity

    love
    there is love in the heart
    to live for eternity

    love
    there is love in the eyesight
    shines the whole universe for eternity

    love there is
    for enjoy the peace(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (12/1/2019 9:32:00 PM)

    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, love and hatred in life(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/5/2019 12:50:00 PM)

    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. very nice poem .. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/30/2018 3:17:00 AM)

    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.. very practical thinking........ and describing the vows and beauties of married life. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (3/16/2018 1:11:00 AM)

    Thanks for the lovely poem that so beautifully redefines love.(Report)Reply

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  • Walterrean Salley (11/28/2016 4:30:00 PM)

    (True Love by Judith Viorst.) **Facing reality.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/15/2016 11:34:00 PM)

    True love defined with elaboration. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (6/15/2016 10:56:00 PM)

    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.
    Wonderfully honest in love.
    Your approach is praiseworthy.
    Thanks for the poem.10 for it.
    Subhas(Report)Reply

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  • Ludolf DauphinLudolf Dauphin (6/15/2016 5:03:00 PM)

    What a great poem, I like it very much. I like how you illustrate love.(Report)Reply

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  • Kinyua KaranjaKinyua Karanja (6/15/2016 6:10:00 AM)

    I like the way love is illustrated in this poem, the persona arguments why she think there is true love between her and her partner. Nice work.(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (6/15/2016 2:46:00 AM)

    Indeed true love is beyond all drawbacks of life and is there to compensate them all for life between two souls!(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (6/15/2016 2:40:00 AM)

    Very well said. Nice poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/15/2016 2:09:00 AM)

    We still feel something! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/15/2016 1:54:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem on true love. It is the honesty with which we recognize our shortcomings as well as those of our partner and then do everything to have an harmonious relationship in life without regrets. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003