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I believe that if I should die and you were to walk near my grave, from the very depths of the earth I would hear your footsteps. Benito Prez Galds


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Global Inspiration, Inc. Denver USA


Extraordinary Love ______________________________________________________________ EXTRAORDINARY LOVE: The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written from the Private Collections of Heather K. OHara

Copyright 2008 by Heather K. OHara. All rights reserved. Published by Global Inspiration, Inc., USA

EXTRAORDINARY LOVE is copyrighted in its entirety as a personal collection of love poems; however, all individual copyrights remain with the original authors or those who currently own the rights to their works. For more information, please feel free to contact Heather K. OHara at, hkohara@Quantum-Grace.com

Book design 2008 by Heather K. OHara Cover design 2008 by Heather K. OHara Front Cover/Inside Photographs 2008 Webshots.com Photograph of Heather K. OHara by Robert Sasson This book is offered solely for the enjoyment of its readers and is intended as a gift. It is not to be sold for any reason at any time as its purpose is not that of monetary gain, but rather the sharing of a private collection of the greatest love poems ever written. You are encouraged to make as many copies as youd like and to share this book with your friends; although we ask that it be presented to others in its entirety. EXTRAORDINARY LOVE: The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written, is a personal gift to you from Heather K. OHara: http://www.Quantum-Grace.com http://www.The-Lotus-Project.com http://www.LivingOnLevel7.com http://www.hkohara.com


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To those who love and ask nothing in return.


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AcknowledgementsThank you, to the poets of the world who have so boldly and so beautifully, throughout the ages, shared with us their eloquent and extraordinary love: Conrad Aiken, Dante Alighieri, Yehuda Amichai, Sa'id 'Aql, Sir Edwin Arnold, W.H. Auden, Charles Baudelaire, Gustavo Adolfo Bcquer, Francis William Bourdillon, Richard Brautigan, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Cristbal de Castillejo, Miguel de Cervantes, Roy Croft, e.e. cummings, Hilda Doolittle, George Eliot, Paul Eluard, Stephen Foster, Benito Prez Galds, Thophile Gautier, Kahlil Gibran, George Gordon, Lord Byron, Hafiz, Mary Haskell, Ou-Yang Hsiu, Langston Hughes, Victor Hugo, Charles Jefferys, Ono No Komachi, Leconte de Lisle, Maria Lovell, Antonio Machado, Christopher Marlowe, Claude McKay, George Meredith, Spike Milligan, Alfred de Musset, Sarojini Naidu, Shaw Neilson, Pablo Neruda, John Boyle OReilly, Kenneth Patchen, Plato, Giacomo Puccini, Henri de Rgnier, James Whitcomb Riley, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Rumi, Al-Sairafi, Carl Sandburg, Marqus de Santillana, William Shakespeare, Kuan Tao-Sheng, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Izumi Shikibu, Sara Teasdale, Mark Van Doren, Garcilaso de la Vega, Lope de Vega, Voltaire, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, William Carlos Williams, Liu Yungto every unknown author; and to my dear friend and fellow poet, John Harricharan. Also, credit and thanks to the many fine publishers and individuals who now own the rights to many of the works presented in this book. Thank you all for continuing to publish and distribute the timeless, uncommon love found within the words of some of the greatest poets to have ever lived.


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Dear Friends, The extraordinary love poems that you will find in this book are from my own private collection of works that I have saved, valued, and cherished throughout my life. As with my other collections of poetry, I have kept them in folders, written them in journals, used favorite lines in the creation of cards and newsletters, and passed many of these beautiful works along to friends. Because they were collected, over the span of many years, for my own personal enjoyment and not for publication, I did not keep any records of origintherefore, I know not the books and publications from which many of them originally came. With this in mind, Extraordinary Love is to be considered a personal collection of romantic poetry that I wish to share with those of you who may be interested in the works of some of the greatest poets to have ever lived. All individual copyrights remain with the original authors or those who currently own the rights to their works. If you are a copyright owner of any piece found in this book and would like to be individually credited, please write to me at, hkohara@Quantum-Grace.com and I will happily add your information as requested. Further, if you would like an individual piece excluded from this collection, I will do so at your request. Extraordinary Love is offered solely for the enjoyment of its readers and is intended as a gift. It is not to be sold for any reason at any time as its purpose is not that of monetary gain, but rather the sharing of what I feel are some of the greatest love poems ever written. Please feel free to make as many copies of this collection as youd likeit is a gift that is meant to be shared. As each of the poets in this collection knew, love is ever expanding and eternaland it is meant to be given away. As a friend of mine so beautifully stated, I could give you all the love I have and still... I would not have less. Dan Keller

Please accept Extraordinary Love as my gift to you. May you always know that love is wherever you are . . . Warmest Regards, Heather K. OHara


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ContentsPART I FAMOUS LOVE POEMS A White Rose An Indian Love Song Are You There? As We Are So Wonderfully Done Beautiful Dreamer E Lucevan Le Stelle from Opera Tosca Eros Explanations of Love Faint Thunder Flower of Love Fulfillment Her Beautiful Hands How Do I Love Thee? I Love You I Love You I Shall Love You If I Could Write Words If I Were a Poet In One Anothers Souls In the Middle of This Century In This World Jewel La Vita Nuova Let Us Fall in Love Again Love in the Valley Love's Coming Loves Philosophy Love Song Love Song for Antonia Morning My Longing for You Nine Things John Boyle OReilly Sarojini Naidu W. H. Auden Kenneth Patchen Stephen Foster Giacomo Puccini Hilda Doolittle Carl Sandburg Ou-Yang Hsiu Claude McKay Author Unknown James Whitcomb Riley Elizabeth Barrett Browning Carl Sandburg Ella Wheeler Wilcox Voltaire Spike Milligan Antonio Machado Rumi Yehuda Amichai Izumi Shikibu Sanskrit Poem Dante Alighieri Rumi George Meredith Shaw Neilson Percy Bysshe Shelley William Carlos Williams Langston Hughes Pablo Neruda Ono No Komachi Richard Brautigan 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 8

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Nothing You Become Will Disappoint Me Now Oh Are You Coming? Private Worship Romance Shall I Compare Thee? So What is Love? She Walks in Beauty Song Song of Love Some Fill with Each Good Rain Somewhere somewhere i have never traveled Sonnet XVII from Cien sonetos de amor Starlight Sudden Light The Beloved The Flaming Rose The Kiss The Life of Love The Night Has a Thousand Eyes The Passionate Shepherd to His Love The Quarrel Time and Again To Love Another True Love We Have Lived and Loved Together What Greater Thing When I Am with You When Two People Are at One Why I Love You You Were Born Together Your Feet

Mary Haskell Robert Browning Sara Teasdale Mark Van Doren Author Unknown William Shakespeare Maria Lovell George Gordon, Lord Byron Liu Yung Rainer Maria Rilke Hafiz Sir Edwin Arnold e.e. cummings Pablo Neruda Plato Dante Gabriel Rossetti Sara Teasdale Antonio Machado Sara Teasdale Kahlil Gibran Francis William Bourdillon Christopher Marlowe Conrad Aiken Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Rilke Author Unknown Charles Jefferys George Eliot Rumi Kuan Tao-Sheng Roy Croft Kahlil Gibran Pablo Neruda

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Al Amor Cristbal de Castillejo English Translation: To Love Amor English Translation: Love Miguel de Cervantes

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Amor eterno Gustavo Adolfo Bcquer English Translation: Eternal Love Asomba a sus ojos Gustavo Adolfo Bcquer English Translation: A Tear Swelled Up Boquita de perlas Al-Sairafi English Translation: Little Mouth of Pearls Cancin de amor Marqus de Santillana English Translation: Song of Love Escrito estr en mi alma vuestro gesto Garcilaso de la Vega English Translation: Thy Face Is Written In My Soul Hoy la tierra y los cielos Gustavo Adolfo Bcquer English Translation: Today Heaven and Earth Qu es poesa? Gustavo Adolfo Bcquer English Translation: What is Poetry? Si os partiredes Lope de Vega English Translation: If Thou Leavest Yo creo que si me muriera Benito Prez Galds English Translation: I Believe That If I Should Die

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