He Loves Me; He Loves Me Not


Your inner strength and beauty

made me fall in love with you.

Understanding without words,

a hug, eager lips.


Stolen moments together,

no sense of time, we drank in

love. Those first minutes engraved

such sweet memories.

A love that’s lasted and grown.

How lucky we are! We found

forever abiding love.

Our lives entwined now.


How could I ever have found

a pearl of greater value?

My tall, dark handsome husband.

My one and only.


This week’s poem is called Dodoistu which is a Japanese form of poetry that is sometimes performed as a folk song. The Dodoistu  comes from the old agricultural roots of the Gombei, the people of Japan’s back-country.  The majority of Dodoistu poetry was handed down through oral tradition and was performed to the accompaniment of a three-stringed instrument known as a shamisen.

A lot of Dodoistu focuses on love, humor or the unexpected and sometimes includes a look at nature and beauty.

It has 26 syllables: 7 in the first, second and third lines, and 5 in the last line.  (7-7-7-5)



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22 Responses to He Loves Me; He Loves Me Not

  1. balroop2013 says:

    Love is as beautiful as that…your words and those awesome pictures say it so lovingly Mary Ann. Thanks for sending good vibes. 🙂

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    • Your comment is very much appreciated. I try to find beautiful flowers in our gardens for my photos. Of course the sunsets this Autumn have been spectacular here. They say that love makes the world go around. I think so! May you enjoy a loving weekend too.

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  2. Arno Bode,Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    eine zauberhaft formulierte Liebeserklärung für Dein Glück. Faszinierend wie Du der Welt verbal Dein Glück vermittelst.
    Alles liebe für Euch,Dich und Russell.
    Dein Arno

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  3. Fantastic! Loved the words and the photos.

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    • I’ve noticed that when a poetic form has a certain number of syllables and lines that words flow differently. As I wrote this, I thought what great songs this poetic form would make. The trick with photos is always to have your camera or device ready for when light changes outdoors. Thank you for such a lovely and affirming comment. Hope you have a nice weekend.


      • Our weather is much better now that our few hours of rain from Hurricane Michael have passed.

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      • What was your total rainfall? I forgot where you are – Carolinas? Hurricane Michael remains a hurricane and is hitting the coasts of Spain and Portugal. Amazing and BIG storm.


      • I’m in Western North Carolina in the mountains. I think our inaccurate rain gauge showed 2 to 3 inches of rain. We’ve had company, so I haven’t kept up with news of Hurricane Michael. Thanks for the info.

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      • Our son and is wife drove to Apalachicola from Tallahassee to bring a generator and supplies to her parents. The entire town is still without power. Mexico Beach is destroyed. Many roads were either washed away or impassable so they had to wind around back roads. They had to make it home before curfew as well. Company is always grand as well.


      • People in weather-stricken areas have a tough time. I remember how I felt after a blizzard or hurricane on Long Island. As soon as we got newspapers again, I’d see that the rest of the world went merrily on, even when we had no power.

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      • Oh so true, Anne. We in NY went merrily on this time with Hurricane Michael except for news from our son who lost power. How easy to forget tough times.

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  4. Arno Bode,Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    bitte sprich deinem lieben Ehemann unseren herzlichen Glückwunsch aus,für seine liebevolle faszinierende Ehefrau.Für Euch beide wünschen wir eine liebevolle glückliche Zukunft.
    Alles Liebe von
    Euerer Lilly und Euerem Arno

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  5. Clare Pooley says:

    What a lovely poem, Mary Ann!

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  6. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, a beautiful and tender tribute to your husband and the love between you … the joy shines through and I love the photographs, especially of you both as young and now! So happy and in love! It truly is a gift and blessing.

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