By Barbara Boyle
He said that I smelled nice, she liked my new dress,
Some said I was clever, but my hair was a mess.
Then followed some clapping of hands – more applause,
Congratulations, well done, you – and then came a pause.
I think “you are amazing” sounds cool said out loud,
And to parents it’s often “you must be so proud!”
These all are quite heart-warming compliments and salutes
But surely nothing rivals the simple phrase that’s absolute:
“I love you!”
Whispered into the ear by your true love’s sweet breath,
Or shouted with excitement by the child you caress,
Given with a bear-hug or the solemn hand-shake from a friend,
Who you help in a crisis that is now at an end.
Its meaning conveys that during these moments of dealings
You are the best that can be in someone’s thoughts and their feelings,
You are a piercing strip of the purest white light,
No “ifs” and no “buts” or anything of the like
That could diminish what is
The essence of you.