Thursday, June 12, 2014

To Love Me--By James Rasmusson--United States

To Love Me

I would love for you
to love the love in me
as I love the love in you,

yet the sun never asked the moon
to return his light,

nor did the wildflower cease blooming
when there was no one around
to enjoy her resplendence.

James began writing in the 1960’s and immediately showed a love for seasonal, humorous, and philosophical poetry. In the late 70’s, he became an ardent photographer and soon found that the two artistic mediums cross pollinated each other. West Michigan is an art Mecca with over 100 galleries and art camps with Jim residing in the lovely coastal town of Holland, Michigan. A practitioner of Surat Shabd Yoga since 1972, his art is an expression of his lifetime love affair with nature and his quest for truth. James is the winner of many awards in both photography and poetry including the 2005 Shadow Poetry 5th biannual chapbook competition. The artist says he likes to underscore the abstract and tease the mind and be ever alert for juxtapositions that express irony, absurdity, and poignancy, desiring for people to feel both tension and resolution in his compositions.


  1. Hi, James, I love your words, they are so poignant and yet so humble and true! I would love to read your words of irony and absurdity as well........ juxtaposition in any poem is clearly important, but more so, seemingly when its intention is the point of the poem........... welcome to Whispers! Hope to read more! Sheri /

  2. Hi James; this is a lovely write! the reference to the moon and wildflower is aplty done. Hope to see you around. // paul

  3. Hi James. I enjoyed "To Love Me." It's a very nice, poetic poem. Thanks for sharing and continued blessings!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  4. Dear James,
    Your poem is quite beautiful! I agree with Paul that the references to the sun/moon and wildflower are amazing metaphors. I can see here what you state in your bio regarding your ability to "underscore the abstract and tease the mind." Excellent work!

    Love and blessings for a Happy Fathers' Day weekend,

  5. Wow, James this is one awesome poem! I love it! This is great writing!

  6. Simply beautiful romantic!