Love in Ten Lines — Challenge

All you need is …

Well, all I need is to write a 10-line poem about love, thanks to my friend Belinda, the marvelous mind behind the always interesting blog Idiot Writing.

Belinda tagged me in the Love in Ten Lines Challenge. Poetry!

Here are the rules.

•Write about love using only 10 lines.

•Use the word love in every line.

•Each line can only be four words long.

•Nominate others who are up for the challenge.

•Let them know about the challenge.

•Title the post: Love in Ten Lines

•Include a quote about love (this can be your own).

•You may write in any language.

Onward, ho.

My dear wife Karen and Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle.

My dear wife Karen, daughter Elisabeth and Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle.

“Love in Ten Lines”

They say love hurts.

I say they love

to pity past love.

Oh, lost love,

oh, saddest love,

oh, baddest love,

oh, maddest love.

I love to say

I love you today

my love-ly dear wife.


OK. Now, a quote:

“Love on the Rocks”

“Love on the rocks ain’t no surprise
Pour me a drink,
And I’ll tell you some lies
Got nothing to lose,
So you just sing the blues, all the time

Gave you my heart, gave you my soul
You left me alone here
With nothing to hold
Yesterday’s gone
Now all I want is a smile

First they say they want you
How they really need you
Suddenly you find you’re out there
Walking in a storm

When they know they have you
Then they really have you
Nothing you can do or say,
You’ve got to leave, just get away
We all know the song …”

— From the song by Neil Diamond, in honor of his concert tonight, to be attended by my dear wife Karen and I.

Now for the nominations:

I’m tapping on the shoulder a quartet of my best friends and longest-standing WordPress cohorts.

I think you’ll be an artist master at his one. Beth.

It’s time for you to write a love poem, Mr. McKeever.

The last rule seems to be written with you in mind, Mrs. B. A bilingual effort, perhaps?

You can make Dave hop with your poem, Angie McFly.

Teddy, NC or a secret admirer, CBXB? 🙂

Anybody else who wishes to join in the fun, please do. Link here and be part of the festivities.

70 thoughts on “Love in Ten Lines — Challenge

  1. I’ve only read your poem today. And strangely enough, I quoted Neil Diamond’s “Hello Again” as my 3rd Quote Lovers challenge, but my first choice was actually “Yesterday’s gone, Now all I want is a smile”. But I preferred the more romantic youtube of Hello Again, so I changed the quote!


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  4. Mark, your poem is love-ly….LOVEly! And (putting brave face on) I gladly accept your challenge. Check it out, within 15 minutes of reading your invite on my phone this morning, I had sketched my “poem” out 😀 For now I need to get back to baseball, Easter, and baseball (in that order) and hope to put my poooooeeeem live on Tuesday.

    Who knew that your were a poet, Mark? Who knew that you would help others to become poets? All inspired by Karen and love…sweeeeeeeet 😀 Enjoy, enjoy DC and I can’t wait to hear all about Neil 😀


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  6. Thank you so much for participating Mark! 😀
    This is absolutely a beautifully created ode and tribute to your precious (and gorgeous!) wife. Stunning. (I hope you have shown her!)
    I am awed to be fair with your poem. It is so filled with truth and well REAL LOVE. Lol.
    As for Mr Neil Diamond – you WILL believe… another musician I had as the soundtrack to my childhood – We really need to stop this now. TOO funny! I can just see my dad sitting in a darkened room in his chair with the album playing. (I forget the name of the album but I know it was a gift from my mother)
    So- a touching post for me. – Thank you good Sir.

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    • Thank you so much, dear Belinda, for your so precious and kind words here. I just sat with my dear wife Karen next to me and had her read my poem, and she loved it very much. I would never had taken the time or even have thought about writing such an ode of you had not tagged me in this WordPress world of ours. The ties that bind are wondrous, indeed. I’m happy that you can imagine your dad grooving to Neil Diamond’s songs, a gift from your mom. Good times, that, for them then and you now. Have a great day over that side, my friend. I’ll think of that story at the concert tonight.

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      • Oh no you don’t! You just have a fabulous time with your dear wife enjoying the tunes Mark! 😀
        And – such a lovely thing that – ‘the ties that bind’ For sure!
        Awesome – I am a smiley camper with these thoughts!
        ENJOY your evening!!


      • Thank you, Belinda. We had two great walks around the city today and lunch with my old friend, and are getting ready to go to the concert right now! So good, so good, so good!


      • and then she disappeared for a bit. lol.
        Nice to hear you were so excited Mark. Sounds like you had a good time – I am sure the concert was splendid too! Well I hope so anyway 😉


      • It was a great concert, disappearing Belinda. 😉 You reappeared, I’ve seen. Now I just have to get back to your place. My trip to D.C. set me back on blog reading something terrible!


      • You are a better man than I Mark (well OK you are a man and I a woman – but still 😉 )
        I am NOT a very good blog reading person – my greatest flaw probably. And I am definitely not very diligent at any of it either! 😛 Hope you get caught up to where you need to be to feel on top of it all 😉


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