I Loved You Fiercely

by Ken Harnisch

I loved you fiercely

There, I said what
No rational man of
A certain age
Would ever do

The years have stratified
The leather on my hide
And intellect has done the rest
I can elude and evade
With the best of them
And speak of love
As if it were a distant
And long-forgotten abstraction

And yes I know quite well
The first piece is
Seldom played again
With the same fire and spice

And that some allowance for the years
Begs its acceptance of a weary grace;
Otherwise, the old saw, that we gain in wisdom
What we lose in pain would seem so
Pointless in the end.

Yes, and yes, and yes
I know now what I should have known then
And if that makes the purists happy
Then I am happy for them

But I still say now, with no amelioration,
That I loved you fiercely


Posted on 07/22/2011
Copyright © 2022 Ken Harnisch

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Alison McKenzie on 07/22/11 at 01:27 PM

Even if it's only for yourself that you've said it, does it feel better? It reads as if the creation of it might have done that for you, like you were getting something off your chest. "And that some allowance for the years begs its acceptance of a weary grace" This is one I wished I'd written. Kudos!

Posted by Mo Couts on 07/22/11 at 01:31 PM

Ken--sometimes it feels so cleansing and freeing, just to write it for ourselves, even if the other person never knows about it or responds in kind. You've done a great job with this gem...I hope your love reciprocates or at least, understands.

Posted by George Hoerner on 07/22/11 at 01:49 PM

Well said Ken.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 07/22/11 at 02:41 PM

This gets rolling beautifully after those first two, absolutely perfect stanzas. The voice in this is steady, clear and capable of telling a great story.

Posted by Kristine Briese on 07/22/11 at 04:45 PM

Beautiful statement; I'm glad you said it!

Posted by Peggie Eng on 07/23/11 at 10:26 PM

OMG..to the point...and very well put.. I love it.

Posted by Lauren Singer on 07/27/11 at 12:03 AM

fiercely is the only way i ever seek to be loved. this is enchanting, honest, and searing.

Posted by Vivienne Grant on 02/24/12 at 09:58 AM

honestly well put

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