This is the second Installment of the Love Poem Project, in which we take love poems and swap out any mention of the word love.
How Do I Pose As Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I pose as thee? Let me count the ways.
I pose as thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I pose as thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I pose as thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I pose as thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I pose as thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I pose as thee with a pose I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, - I pose as thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
I shall but pose as thee better after death.