Something about the very word “beloved” causes a frisson in us. Out of the people that matter to you, who matters the most? Whom do you love, or whom have you loved more than anyone else? What does the word “beloved” summon up in your imagination? What songs, poems, stories, movies spring to mind? Who is your beloved?
Today, write a poem celebrating your beloved. It does not have to be a specific person — you could address an imaginary beloved from the future who’s waiting for you. You could take on the persona of a well-known mythological or historic character and address her or his beloved in your poem. You could create a new type of lover and beloved.
The heart of my soul are you
I love you in all that I do
It’s there in my gaze
Expressed in my ways
A love that is truer than true
My heart skips a beat when you’re near
From you I have nothing to fear
A life I will spend
With you til the end
Filled with laughter and loving and care
For you are my darling beloved
A blessing I somehow discovered
With praise everyday
Once more I will say
For you are my darling beloved!