WHEN I SAY I HAVE COME TO LOVE YOU

Gregory Heath's poem looks at the powerlessness that can accompany true love, whether you choose it or not. Illustration by Tobias Hall.

When I say I have come to love you
I do not mean that I have become
accustomed to your morning moods
or the way you reduce my friends
to nervous wrecks at parties.

When I say I have come to love you
I am not talking of time having passed,
of feelings that grew imperceptibly as flowers,
bursting one day into tender shocking blooms.

When I say I have come to love you
it is not because you please me.
You are reckless, you are spoilt,
and you are careless with my heart.

God help me.
When I say I have come to love you
I mean that is what I am here for.



'When I say I have come to love you' was published in our 6th issue, The Love Issue, which has now sold out. To ensure that you never miss a future issue of the print magazine, subscribe from just £10 a year.