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You Should Read Poetry in Bed to the Person You Love

by Brent Ridge
 

 

You should read poetry

In bed

To the person you love

Because

 

You will see things

That you have not seen

Before or

For a while

Like

The light in their hair

The color of their eye

The blush of their cheek

 

You should read poetry

In bed

To the person you love

Because

 

You will hear things

That you have not heard

Before or

In a long time

Like

The little creak their right elbow makes

The brush of eyelashes as they blink

The rhythm of their breath just before they sleep

And start to snore

 

You should read poetry

In bed

To the person you love

Because

 

You will feel things

That you have not felt

Before or

Perhaps ever

Like

Your heart swelling so much it might burst

Your brain suddenly filled with everything and nothing

Your toes curling

 

You should read poetry

In bed

To the person you love

Because

 

You will know things

Like

The words that you always wanted to say

But couldn’t

 

 

by Dr. Brent

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Angie Falzarano

Dear Brent,
I loved your poem. Your imagery within the poem allowed us to see in our hearts mind our loved one laying bed next to us as we read. Having been one who also writes poetry, I can appreciate the love and heart you put in each word. I can picture you reading to Josh. I was first introduced to you by watching Amazing Race. With each leg I could see your love for one another. You didn’t go at each other screaming. You talked. I think I saw one time you were a little frustrated, but it really wasn’t at him. You both showed the world your love when you crossed the finish line and Josh grabbed you and gave you a kiss. In a country where people stil looks at what a person is instead of who you are, you guys showed that you were just two people very much in love. All my love to you both.

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Heather

Happy Valentine’s Day. A timely reminder to pack the Pablo Neruda Love Sonnets for this evening… wish me luck.

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Barry

Well I thought this was so Nice I read it to my partner last night, in bed, with the winds blowing outside, cuddle to each other for warmth……his reply “whens that bread from those two guys going to be ready?” …. the way to my mans heart is really through his stomach,
thanks for all you do !

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Susan Stephenson

So, Beautiful. So vivid. I felt as if I were there in your soul as you experienced it, perhaps because I too have such a love.

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jeda (jpdf)

Beautifully written… Thanks for sharing the love, Dr. Brent! Happy Valentine’s day to you and Josh 🙂

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Susan Barnett

Really lovely and moving, Brent. I’ve never had a love like that in my life, unfortunately, but I’m glad you and Josh share that kind of meeting of souls. I do envy you, but I’m happy for you as well. You’re both very romantical!

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Beth

I love this. I’ve been sorting through all of my books lately and giving away most of them. There are only a couple poetry books that I am keeping. Those are the ones that spoke to my heart in a deeper way. It is important to look at the person you love with fresh eyes from time to time. You fell in love for a reason. Appreciate them & love them for what they are (creaky elbows, snores and all). Very beautiful. Those Beekman Boys are simply fabulous.

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Kara

I love this – and I love reading everything about your life at the Beekman Farm with your darling Josh. SO happy that the two of you can finally be together – all of the time!

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Tim

Dr Brent–You surprise me at every turn-I knew you were brave and determined-but to fight for your love by exposing your heart in the poem is heroic! Bless you both Beekman Boys!

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nlforst

It looks my comment didn’t go through because I think I posted right as the site went crazy 🙂 So i’m trying to remember what I had said.

I think I said something about how wonderful this poem is how I just want to pick up a good book and go cuddle underneath the covers right now.

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Bill McVay

Hi Brent & Josh,
love the poetry!! i hope to have someone special again one day to read too.. I love you guys also and Farmer John…

Happy Valentines…Bill

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Robin Meek

We could see by the way you would look at Josh during the amazing race, how much you loved him.

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ConnieW.

Oh my God, so beautiful i cried at the last verse. You and Josh amaze me, and I envy the life you have. Thank you for sharing that with all of us. I will print it out to save.

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Linda Rice

Beautiful…just as you both are. Absolutely makes me think of the 40+ years of listening to my husband snore, watching his face as he sleeps, and making those little jerking motions with his feet when he is dreaming! Amazing how 40 years can go by so very quickly. Sincerely hope we have 40 more years! Love to you both, Linda Rice, your lady from the South.

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Vitta Fernandez

Absolutely beautiful!!! Who knew that in this MD there lurked the heart of a bard…I say in the contest…Dr. Brent, you are one ahead! A lot of couples should heed your advice. The love that you both have for each other is very obvious that it makes me smile every time I see your posts.

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lemistral99

Brent, truly a lovely poem. My husband and I hope to share your journey for many years to come. Thanks you for being so generous with your feelings.

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Erin C.

Really beautiful Brent. You guys were truly meant for each other. True love is rare – cherish it.

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darcell

Very sweet. Any woman would tell you if their husband does some laundry, the dishes, brings home dessert or takeout when you are tired after running around taming a toddler is a sweet and lovely Valentine gesture.

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darcell

Brent I was wondering how many more comments I need to make it to the Llama status….. Like Sue T and Terri.

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Bev Nan Murphy

Brent, dear heart. Oh my goodness! I once had someone just like that and am delighted to know there is someone else in this lovely world who thinks those lovely thought. “Don’t cry because he’s gone; Smile because he happened.” Thank you for reminding me.

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Deb

Tears in my eyes – as well as laughter with the ‘start to snore’ line. And another ‘tears in my eyes’ moment was the Valentines episode on The Fabulous Beekman Boys. That whole episode was a beautiful gift for you guys to share – thank you.

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