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I'd Burn My Portrait in Your Mind - and Other Poems of Love and Desire

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.


I'd Burn My Portrait in Your Mind

Faces come and faces go

Fading in and out.

Memories of lovers too,

But of you I have no doubt.

Your image etched into my mind,

So clear I can't deny.

Though we parted years ago

The memories make me sigh.

Our random meeting was unplanned,

Your beauty knocked me flat.

You the predator, me prey,

Me mouse, and you the cat.


Your eyes bored right into my soul,

No secrets could I hide.

You ripped them right out of my heart,

It was a crazy ride.

Our time together short but sweet,

The passion real and shared.

It left impressions, undenied,

My feelings were not spared.

If I could have that time again,

Your lust I'd try to bind.

I'd brand you with my hot desire,

And burn my portrait in your mind.


Love's Erotic Tide

Did I tell you that I love you?

Should I show how much I do?

Make people stop and stare at us

Whenever I'm with you.

Did I say I find you gorgeous?

Each word I say is true.

Your beauty could stop any war,

And I'd live in peace with you.

Did you know that I desire you?

I really hope you knew.

Cupid's arrows rain from Heaven

Every time I gaze at you.

But do you love me in return?

Burn for me deep inside?

Then, join me as we ride the waves

Of love's erotic tide.


If I Were Not a Poet

If I were not a poet

I'd never write of love.

My feelings would stay hidden,

The world would never know.

If I were not a poet

I'd not confess my love.

You'd never read a verse by me,

So I'd never break your heart.

If I were not a poet

I'd be a lonely man.

My feelings would stay trapped inside,

For I'd fear to set them free.

If I were not a poet

I would not have a muse

Who stabs a pen deep in my heart,

And bleeds words from my soul.

© 2017 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 24, 2017:

Thank you, Shauna. I appreciate that. What more can I say?

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 24, 2017:

Powerful stuff, John! The last verse of If I Were Not a Poet elicited an audible "wow!" from me.

You're amazing!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 30, 2017:

Thank you as always, Devika. I appreciate your comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 30, 2017:

You write poetry with a great mind.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 21, 2017:

Thank you for the kind comment, Jo. Glad you enjoyed these poems and it is good to hear that your husband also writes love poems for you.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on June 21, 2017:

Beautiful love poems. So glad I found them this morning. Thanks for sharing them.

From early in our relationship, my husband has always written poems for me. One of the special things we share.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 20, 2017:

Aw, thank you, John. I bet you say that to all the poets here. :)

John Ward from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. on June 20, 2017:

Tremendous. Envious of your Poetic ability. You have a fantastic talent.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2017:

Thank you, MsDora. I appreciate you wanting to read what I write.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

Glad you're a poet. I wouldn't want to miss these great love poems filled with images and feelings. Enjoyable!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 17, 2017:

Thank you, Rasma. Your kind comment is greatly appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 17, 2017:

Thank you, Shyron my friend. So glad you like these poems. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 17, 2017:

Linda, thanks for the great comment. Glad you found the images powerful and loved the last four lines too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 17, 2017:

Yes, Mike, love can take over from everything else in your life. Hey, maybe we dated the same girl :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 17, 2017:

Nellieanna, it is always a pleasure to receive a comment from you, and such an insightful one as well. Your experience of love shines through in your explanations of the various stages and possibilities. I am so glad you enjoyed reading these love poems of mine. Thank you.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 16, 2017:

Wonderful, passionate and most romantic poetry.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 16, 2017:

John, these are the best. Words to melt the hear of all who read them.

Blessings always

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 16, 2017:

There are some powerful images in these poems, John! The last four lines of the article are very gripping. I love them.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 16, 2017:

Hello John - It is remarkable how we can get caught up in love. The poetry here confirms that.

On the lighter side, "I'd Burn My Portrait in Your Mind" - I think I knew her.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on June 16, 2017:

Lovely poetry, dear John, ~ so bursting with deep passion and devotion. It’s a blessing to be able to feel that kind of love, whether or not it brings total fulfillment. It is its own fulfillment to honestly feel real love and devotion. Of course, such love and attraction between a man and woman will involve desire. It would be sad if it didn’t, especially with youth, whether or not the love is mutual.

Over time, deep, passionate love may mature and become a sacred love, whether or not it is fulfilled in timely ways in people’s lives. To realize that one has the capability of truly feeling deep, unmasked, giving love for another person is one of life’s real blessings.

Life’s peccadilloes can disrupt any true path of love, and in the throes of youth, those may be all the more likely to erupt, even in a mutual love. Personality tendencies can emit twists and turns which may send it off in other directions, serious enough that they cannot be undone.

Of course, In some instances, the love or its depth may not be fully mutual, so for one, it may be less and regrets may not remain. It would be unloving to try to insist on it, in that case. One cannot force or bind returned love. Even if one did, it would not satisfy. It’s the truth and spontaneity of real love which gives it value for both persons.

Still, for the person(s) who do discover their own capability of experiencing it, it is a ‘high-tide’ mark and a permanent value for their hearts and souls which deepen each one as a person from then on and fit him/her for more and even deeper love, no matter the results at the time, - unless one lets it turn into bitterness.

Anyway, I love each of your poems here. I’m very fond of “If I Were Not A Poet”. Says it all!

Hugs ~ Nellieanna

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 16, 2017:

Thank you, Sir Clive. Chivalry is not dead among us knights.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on June 16, 2017:

Some real beautiful and "lovey dovey" pieces their Sir John.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Melissa, Thank you for reading and for your generous comment. I am glad you can relate to these love poems to your own life.

Plexiana on June 15, 2017:

I'd burn your portrait in your mind, is my favorite! These are so wonderful and I find myself thinking of my own moments in time that relate. Thank you for sharing!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Thank you for reading, Aristotle.

Aristotle Wilson from Vancouver on June 15, 2017:

lovely poems, they really carried a lot of emotion.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Haha, Larry. Yes, a muse can be cruel. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Thank you, Manatita (the prince of love.)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Tamara, love certainly is life's greatest goal and purpose. I am glad you enjoyed these poems. Thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Thank you, Flourish. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Venkat, thank you as always. Glad these poems left you with nice feelings of love.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Linda, thank you. I am glad you like that verse. Would you please also tell my wife just how lucky she is :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Harish, I greatly appreciate your comment analysing these poems. You are spot on and I love your description of a poet as a historian of emotions.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

I love your way with words Eric. "Bliss out" poems works for me. Thanks buddy.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Nadine, thank you for reading this at the end of your day. So glad you enjoyed these love poems.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on June 15, 2017:

Sometimes I think it would be easier if the muse just left me alone;-)

A beautiful collection here.

manatita44 from london on June 15, 2017:

Some romantic poetry and very lovely indeed!! Carry on, Bro!

Tamara Moore on June 15, 2017:

Such beautiful love poems for your blessed recipient. Very tender, sweet, and passionate. Love is the greatest goal and purpose in life!


FlourishAnyway from USA on June 15, 2017:

There are some people you meet whom I oh know you will let be and look g to forever. Splendid poetry here.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 15, 2017:

Beautiful poems, John, all describing Love in different styles and aspects. They remind our adulthood romantic moods and the joy experienced through blissful, unconditional love. Thanks for sharing these nice feelings of love.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 15, 2017:

"If I were not a poet I would not have a muse who stabs a pen deep in my heart, and bleeds words from my soul." What a great verse!

How blessed is your wife to be told so tenderly how she is loved by you...something most of us can only dream of.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on June 15, 2017:

John, three love missiles you just dropped here have won my heart. I relished each line of these beautifully crafted poems. The first poem speaks of intense love so well , the second reminds me of my young age, and the third about poetry is the one that clearly defines a poet.

I think a poet is a kind of historian of emotions arising in his mind in a particular phase of life. These poems convey such an impression to me. Thanks a lot for sharing these lovely poems.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 15, 2017:

The sweetness of amour. I have been so blessed. Even love that did not work out got me to this wonderful love.

These were just plain "bliss out" poems for me.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on June 15, 2017:

Wow you are good! Loved reading your Poems of Love and Desire. What a good end of my writing day...

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Thank you, Bill. That was the kind of reaction I was hoping to get. It's good to rekindle those type of memories.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 15, 2017:

Beautiful work, my friend. I was taken back to when I met Bev, as well as back to the dating years and the instant attraction to a beautiful woman. A wonderful way to begin my day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Thanks for reading these poems, Mark. Yes, we can always relive moments in our dreams, fantasies, and poems. Cheers.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on June 15, 2017:

Loved the line, if I could only have the time again. I guess we have the time again in our fantasies, dreams and poems. Maybe that's enough.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Hi, ThreeKeys. Yes, I write a lot of love poems for my wife. Yes, it is sharing a personal part of you and can leave you a little vulnerable, but some of my most successful poems have been love poems. One "If I Could Write a Love Poem" won a contest and has been recorded at Abbey Road Studios as a single part of an album by a singer named Tally Koren.

Threekeys on June 15, 2017:

The nature of these poems makes me wonder if you write a lot of love and lust poems for your wife? Sharing this side of life is very personal, scary and reveals vulnerabilities.

I appreciate you opening up this side of yourself in your poetry, jodah. It's different.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2017:

Tim, I am glad these poems were a pleasant early morning read, and an awakening for you. It was 9.00pm evening here when I published. Love has many different forms doesn't it? I like the way you related to each poem, and yes, the wonderful love we share is verse. Thank you for the generous comment.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on June 15, 2017:

For me it is a delight at this early morning in California to see your poetry Jodah. Yet, I know for you it is not early morning in Ausie land.

For me each poem awakened me while all three shared its story, which I identified with and too was an awakening. The first poem I thought of my first adult love one may say is ancient history today. Yet, that love remains. The next poem awakened me to todays' love. The last poem spoke to me of the love I have of poetry and, too, love of myself. The constant is love shared as verse, which for me is always going to be a great mystery and appreciated. Thanks for the awakening.

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