Saturday, August 10, 2019

A Poetic Update on My Life


Who among ye has not heard at least the opening line to Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous Sonnet 43?—“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”

Well, I’ve compromised her wondrous prose to announce (in my own way) a wondrous happening. Read on dear friends, read on.

How do I love BZ? Let me ask Waze.
I love she to beyond the left and right
My Soul can reach, when driving out of fright
Toward the ends of road and some unmarked place.
I love she to the measure of a way's
Most secret paths, by day and darkest night.
I love she surely, as who pass on right.
I love she madly, as lost in a maze.
I love she in a fashion out of use
That once clung to maps with a childhood's faith.
I love she with a love my beams did lose
in past wrong turns. I love she with the breadth,
Miles, gears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love she better now betrothed.

And for those who still prefer the original version...

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.



  1. Erm, either you and Barbara have just got married, Jeff, or you've bought a new car with sat-nav. Can't quite decipher which!

    1. The word of the day: Betrothed--to be engaged...and not in the context of a clutch or other auto part. :)

  2. I'm plumbing for the former! Wonderful news, and congratulations to you both!

    1. And reaching for the in to escape or elope? :) Thanks, Michael.

  3. “To Be One With Each Other” - George Eliot
    What greater thing is there for two human souls
    than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen
    each other in all labor, to minister to each other in all sorrow,
    to share with each other in all gladness,
    to be one with each other in the
    silent unspoken memories?

    Congratulations. My heart is full.

    1. If anyone possesses the poet's soul it's you, dear David. Thank you. We consider ourselves blessed to have you as a friend.

  4. I think that Jeff either just got married to his car, or he's finally managed to acquire a soul. Either way, it's a good thing he's got Barbara to watch over him.

    1. I agree with your ultimate observation, buddy, it's just the lead in that has me wondering whether you've left your engine running a bit too long in close quarters to exhaust pipes.

  5. Congratulations! Mazel tov. Geluk. Cheers. Clink!

  6. Congratulations!! Many happinesses!!

  7. Mazel Tov! I always thought of you as married! Kindred Souls. Wishing you continued happiness. Toby

    1. Thanks, Toby. So when are you and Bill going to tie the knot? :)

  8. Mazel Tov! Lucky you. Barbara is one of a kind..a fabulous kind.

    1. Thanks, Janet. You're right, I'm a very lucky guy.

  9. what great news! CONGRATULATIONS to you both! mr and mrs siger!! see you in september

    1. Thanks, Annabel. We're looking forward to it...I mean September. :)