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For Ruth

Romantic poem for my best friend and wife, Ruth. No point in coming up with a clever "POET" title. ha.

By Paul StewartPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read
For Ruth
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez 🇨🇦 on Unsplash

Sing-sing me a melody

in your bad Scottish-Essex accent

lift my spirits

from the gutter to the sky's grand entrance

Tell me you love me

even if you don't yet trust me

Tell me

I'm special and needed

even if you don't yet trust me

Recount a silly joke or pun you can't fully recount

without erupting in glorious infectious belly laughs

Just say anything... anything positive

to lift my spirits higher than the Shard

with more intent than a yes from a Dragon

Bring me to life with your wide-mouthed smile

when you see a dog, cat

or horse, yes horse, a horse happy and hopeful

Just do anything... anything positive

to give me that natural

dopamine, serotonin,

oxytocin, and endorphin rush

Butter me scones or fruity teacakes,

bake me a cake or just give me marshmallows

just do anything... say anything

Though my world

won't fully stop aching

Though my mind

won't stop dragging me down

your words and actions, meaningful interactions

will carry me, lift me up

Break the cycle

of madness and sadness

of lovelessness and hopelessness

Replace it with

one of cyclical joy and untempered hope


in the face of everything... anything

this world throws

at me, you,


unit of two


Thanks for reading!

Author's Notes: So...this...just in case it needs to be explained is an ode to my ever-faithful through thick and thin, through good and bad...wife, Ruth. She read it before I published it and gave it the official seal of her approval.

I love interacting with readers, as you all know, so I'll just say thank you for always showing up and long may it continue!

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About the Creator

Paul Stewart

Scottish-Italian poet/writer from Glasgow.

Overflowing in English language torture and word abuse.

"Every man has a sane spot somewhere" R.L Stevenson

The Accidental Poet - Poetry Collection is now available!


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  • Kayleigh Fraser ✨about a month ago

    Okay, who the Feckels has hacked Paul’s account and written this sweet poem for Ruth? This is absolutely not acceptable 😂🤣😂 Hehe. Seriously though…. 🥹

  • Silver Serpent Booksabout a month ago

    What a sweet poem! Your latest poems have been absolutely on fire and this one is just as amazing. Love it!

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    This is honestly beautiful. And since she's making those buttered tea cakes, I'll take a couple. 😁

  • Heather Zieffle about a month ago

    This is so lovely, Paul!

  • Shirley Belkabout a month ago

    So very sweet and wonderful!!!

  • A wonderful tribute

  • Grz Colmabout a month ago

    Naw.. there’s some very nice morals here!! ☺️ I hope you will both lift each other up to the heights.

  • A beautiful ode to your beautiful wife! Especially like: ‘ Bring me to life with your wide-mouthed smile when you see a dog, cat or horse, yes horse, a horse happy and hopeful Just do anything... anything positive’❤️

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Awww, this was so sweet, Sir Paul! May you never be Ruthless! See what I did there hehehehehe. Yea I'll leave now, lol 🍩🥐

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Well done.

  • Belleabout a month ago

    ❤️❤️ You have a love letter written about you! ❤️❤️ I have just posted a writers appreciation work to shout out and celebrate some amazing Vocal creators, featuring you and some other writers! I hope you don't mind ❤️ https://vocal.media/writers/writers-appreciation-a-love-letter

  • John Coxabout a month ago

    It always amazing what a smile or true laughter from those we love most can mean to us and how they can lift our spirits. It’s the greatest drug in the universe. I loved and fully related to your poem, Paul. But much more importantly, it looks like Ruth appreciated it too!

  • Jay Kantorabout a month ago

    Ps~Rs - U'z Two'z do Sashay; even though you may talk funny ~ The feel of being wanted is the most important thing in a lifelong relationship; good for U'z. Jk.in.l.a.

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Nice, Paul...through thick and thin, up and down.

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    "Even if you don't trust me yet." Simple, powerful words. So telling.

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Spectacular ode to your wife, Ruth!!! Brilliantly written!!!

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    Beautiful...and that happens to be my mom's name!

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    I trust you give the same back in return!

  • Ruth Stewartabout a month ago

    Well, I love it! 💞💞💞💞💞

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