Today's the Day I Ought to
Say I Love You
Today's the day I ought to say I love
Although I ought to say it every day.
But "ought" can stand
directly in the way,
An obstacle to being honest with you.
I tell you what I feel for you?
Because a feeling's too complex to
Wrapped in an appropriate cliche,
Offered on the day I "ought"
to tell you.
And yet this squeamishness is just a pose
into the river of my love,
Which needs no more than one word for its
Beneath my wordy sophistry it flows
Like truth that one need
neither test nor prove,
A happiness I need but speak to
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon