羅伊.克里夫特《愛》Poem “Love” by Roy Croft

羅伊.克里夫特《愛》,認識這首詩,是因為百度創辦人李彥宏選擇以這首詩獻給他已故的父親。Roy Croft的生平資料並不多,連國籍和他生活的時間點都帶有不確定性和爭議。 Roy在1979年自費出版了一本28頁的詩集,《愛》是當中回響最高的一首,經常被選來在婚禮上朗誦。

Poem “Love” by Roy Croft

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.
I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.

I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.
You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it
By being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
Being a friend means,
After all.

司馬 儀

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