“LOVE” A Poem by Roy Croft

by Roy Croft

I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help dimly seeing there,
And drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quiet far enough to find.

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life,
Not a tavern but a temple,
Out of the works of my everyday,
Not a reproach but a song.

I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.

You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
Being a friend means,

We first encountered this piece many years ago as an anonymous poem set adrift on the internet separated from it’s author. Then, as we rummaged around we were very happy to discover that Roy Croft wrote “LOVE”  in the 1950’s. It speaks for itself why so many couples choose this poem for a reading at their celebration.


Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte


2 thoughts on ““LOVE” A Poem by Roy Croft

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s