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Poetic License: ‘With Love To Play’

By Staff | Feb 26, 2019

Joe Pacheco

(A surprise Valentine’s Day gift, “With love To Play” was my first poem on Feb. 14, 1998, after a creative drought of 50 years. Since breaking the dam on that Valentine’s Day, more than 400 poems have poured out of me, including several Valentines.)

When we first served to play our game of love

Love-all was just a score we had to break,

But rallies filled with thrilling give and take

Soon gained advantage for our every move.

To open court we served with change of pace

And took the lead at love without exchange,

Then gave it back in full before the change

Returning to receive with open face.

And so with matchless play by two as one,

Without a call of fault for either side

Nor unforced error made to break the tie

Our game went on and on in perfect run.

And now we let our match run day by day

To hold at love and love – with love to play