But Have I Loved You Well

I love you.

Sometimes I say it casually.

Too casually.

I know I love you.

When I say it.

But have I loved you well?

Is what I ask myself.

When I think of you.

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33 thoughts on “But Have I Loved You Well

  1. That’s a very good question that we should all ask ourselves.


  2. Can you love a person ‘badly’? I don’t know. I think love kind of stands on it’s own. Or maybe we tend to treat the people we love badly? Oh Colleen, here you’ve got me philosophizing!


    • 🙂 Nothing wrong with a little philosophizing Marissa. And you do it well.

      I think we can get ‘lazy’ (possibly a better word for this) and not be as considerate/thoughtful as we should be. I think ‘love’ should be a verb, a feeling, an adjective, a noun, everything. And like you say, I do think we can treat the people we love ‘badly’, which means I suppose in my thoughts that we didn’t love them well. So, at the end of the day, did I love you well. Could I have done better. Do I love you and want to be better to you, for you, that kind of stuff.

      And can I say…I like that you got me to say that much more. Because I am having a difficult time “saying’ things right now. So, without explaining why, I would like to say …thank you. 🙂


  3. Good question. Leaves me pondering and that’s also good–in this case. 🙂


  4. Heartafire says:

    Oh, this is so lovely, Chatter, what fine poetess you are! ❤


  5. reocochran says:

    This has a lot of depth in the simple words. They are definitely ones I wonder and ponder about, myself. Different situations, possibly but still they weigh upon my mind. Hugs to you on this fine and sunny first day of Spring, Colleen! Isn’t it lovely?


    • Hello Robin! And thank you!!! Oh my it is lovely indeed. A day spent in the hills of Hocking with friends. And then in a musical land of Suessical with family in the evening. Lovely is a great descriptor indeed. I hope yours was as wonderful. 😀


  6. dogear6 says:

    That’s a much better question and one I recently talked to my daughter about. I wasn’t a perfect mother, but I was good enough. But she always knew she was loved.



    • I have often apologized to my kids for not being perfect. But like you and your daughter, they knew without a doubt they were loved. I apologized to them when they were kids if I recognized my mistakes. Often I didn’t …..until they were older. Then I did too! 🙂 colleen

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  7. Lovely question Colleen. Love isn’t perfect but loving someone well, unconditionally, now if I’ve done that. I think I’ve answered my question, for I ask it often.


  8. I love this poem and have often wondered the same thing regarding those whom I love. ❤
    Diana xo


  9. niaaeryn says:

    That is a good question. Making me think, in a good way. Lovely sentiment this morning, hope you both feel well loved today. 🙂


  10. Jim McKeever says:

    Colleen, the act of asking yourself that question provides your answer. And what a powerful question it is.


  11. russtowne says:

    Excellent post and reminder, Colleen!


  12. “To love well”- it is worth thinking about.


  13. markbialczak says:

    I think you do all thinks well, MBC. Everything.


  14. Beautiful and I am positive you do. 💚


  15. What an important question, Colleen! Really!


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