“Love You Like”

By Theodore Richards

for Ari

i love you like
periwinkle african skies, equatorial dusk
calliopeian songs
& mangoes from african trees
like nighttime skies over the desert of wadi rum
& tibet
orion doing cartwheels across the firmament
i love you like bahian breakfast & waterfalls
cliffs to dive into clear water
& empty beaches (in places where portuguese would be spoken if anyone else were there)
from sitio do conde to beira
i love you like i like to write things
& start philosophical arguments
like i like hard questions
& big stories
i love you like i like wine
& kids who make pretty patterns on scan-tron sheets
like i like dante’s paradiso & cinema paradiso
i love you like i like road trips to mexico
chased by hurricanes
chasing our future
like i like tostones from the chinese restaurant in washington heights
like warm new york nights
& sunny san francisco days
like i like camping in the redwoods
& campfires
i love you like the paintings at altamira:
handprints on the womb of the earth
dance of prey & predator
like barcelona’s tiki-taka
(& the knicks)
i love you like the carolina mountains
that you taught me to love.
& i love you like i used to like blunted lakefront afternoons
& winedrenched poetry-filled evenings at 54th & woodlawn
where a dreadlocked b-girl smiled at me across our front porch
(i remember)
& i am still smiling


About The Author

Theodore Richards is a poet, novelist, and religious philosopher. He has received degrees from various institutions, including the University of Chicago and The California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the author of numerous books, including Creatively Maladjusted: The Wisdom Education Movement Manifesto. His literary awards include the Independent Publisher Awards Gold Medal in religion and religious fiction and the Nautilus Book Awards Gold Medal. He has worked with youth on the south side of Chicago, the Bronx and Harlem, and in Oakland. He is the director and founder of the Chicago Wisdom Project and lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters. You can find more information on his website, www.theodorerichards.com.


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