How I love thee not the same…

People love, adore, write poems about you

They turn away from me, eyes filled with tears

Fickle you are, raising and lowering the tides

Constant am I, providing life and sustenance

You are parched, cold and…bluish dead

I am brilliant, hot with…throbbing life

Your beauty, drawn from me

Without me, you don’t exist

My beauty is from within

Without me, no one exists

Yet, they love you more, sister Moon

Why not me, your brother Sun

Beauty over substance?



  1. The first few lines of the poems suggest envy and unhappiness. But the twist in the last two phrases were unexpected and make every phrase above totally justifiable. You always manage to pull a stunt at the end.

  2. For a reason I cannot explain, this made my heart sigh. You captured something classic and timeless, a bittersweet union between the flaws of humankind through nature…. it touched something in me. Thanks so much, Eric, I really enjoyed this
    love and light

    1. This is such a sweet comment, Celeste.

      The worthy is not always rewarded by man but perhaps by god (?) Plus it is not an either or, I reckon. Peace, Eric

    1. Dear Sagarika,
      I say this in all honesty. I did not study the literary arts but am an engineer at heart. If I can weave “poetry” as some call it – take confidence that you can produce better symmetry. Write from your heart and you’ll be alright. Don’t get bogged down with rhyme, rhythm, tone, cadence and all those technicalities – how else does one push out the boundaries.
      All good wishes with your poetry,

  3. hi there, old chap,

    the last line was a bit of an anti-climax, had a jarring effect on my ears.
    I had to run over “Why not I” again and again to convince myself that you had not commited a flagrant grammatical error:O) made the whole thing come to a screeching halt, as the more logical conclusion from my perspective would have been : “Why not ME?”

    the voice from way back … :O)

    1. Hello there “voice from way back”

      Yes, in conversation we usually say “me”…but if “me” works for you, go with it > language evolves, me 🙂 reckon

      Cheers, Eric

    1. Oh Anil,
      You are so generous as usual.
      Luv and peace,

      (p/s For some reason my comments on your blog are not coming through – perhaps sitting in your ‘spam’ folder – would you be kind enough to check it out. Thanks)

    1. Ah Nenskei – there we go again 🙂

      Thank you and hope you don’t mind if I take my time with this, as I am pretty tied up for now.

      Cheers, Eric 🙂

    1. Dear Fia,

      Congratulations on garnering this award. You do bring sunshine 🙂

      And what a wonderful and pleasant surprise for me. It is always a pleasure to be recognised by fellow bloggers.

      Luv and peace, Eric 🙂

  4. Unbelievably amazing!! This is what I call, “Mind-boggling”! I cannot imagine how a poem could be this powerful and yet is unshakibly true!! 🙂

    Ah, once again, you are a master, Eric! You should write a poem book!! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    1. You are too kind Pak Subhan.

      One day I might compile all these into an anthology of poems for giving away. But for now, hopefully people continue to visit, read and enjoy.

      All good cheer to you, Eric 🙂

      1. Yes, an anthology of poems would be nice! Yeah, still, I just love the last two lines! They’re awesome!! 🙂

        Subhan Zein

  5. oh the competitive comparing world…instead of focusing on strength of each one mostly wanting what someone else has…
    every leaf so different
    every leaf so beautiful
    every leaf with its own sparkle
    every leaf one of its kind
    what a wonderful message there Eric

    1. It is terrible isn’t it Soma, especially when adults compare children and sow the seeds of resentment and self-doubt…

      And you are so right –

      Every leaf, every finger, every stripe, every tree trunk, every shell and every everything is so unique – and perfect, because these are all from One.

  6. Wow, Eric, this is awesome – and what a message it gives us. Both are needed, each a reflection of the other, their unique qualities an integral part of the whole … whether we’re talking about the sun and moon, or about people. Awesome, I really like this. ~ Julie 🙂

    1. That is great Julie – glad you see the multifaceted thrust of this post, as I intended. For a moment there I wondered whether I had been too figurative…

      Love and peace, Eric 🙂

  7. Envy surely does not make the Sun warmer or brighter, does it? Yet how often the more gifted and productive among us envy the two-dimensional,so-called “beautiful people”! The sunfolk need to be grateful for their own roles in this universe and cease fretting over attentions paid to other spatial entities!

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