“Let me count the ways”…weather in Wisconsin is like a love affair [Parody of Sonnet 43- “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Cool Melting Patterned Snow 5th to 6th 006

Cool Melting Patterned Snow 5th to 6th 006 (Photo credit: catchesthelight)

Dedicated to Cheri

…A poet in her own “write”

the comparison of Wisconsin weather to a love affair originated from her…

thank you!

How do I love Wisconsin? Let me count the ways

I love thee to the depth of the snowfall, the length of the raindrops and the height of the sun

All your crazy weather pattern days, while the wind is out there to play

All  your crazy leaps from from steaming hot to winter fun

Furnace days quickly become air-conditioning freeze…Akin to a love affair, as you plunge  headlong

Casting all fear aside, you jump right in with ever so huge strides

A sense of urgency hoping to go forward and belong

Love carries you on a thrilling, fantastic ride

Sometimes hurting needs to forget, never knowing a thought of  regret

Flying into it headstrong…enjoying it all before it is gone

You never how long it is going to last…when you will have to leave it all and reset

Never knowing how long it will last,  never knowing if it will become a sad song


Sonnets from the Portuguese Man o' War

Sonnets from the Portuguese Man o’ War (Photo credit: prodigaldog)

Sonnet 43 – How do I love thee? Let me count the ways


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Related Sites:

“– in fact, it’s only been around for a little over 150 years. Prominent Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning first published the poem in 1850.”  http://www.shmoop.com/how-do-i-love-thee-sonnet-43/

18 thoughts on ““Let me count the ways”…weather in Wisconsin is like a love affair [Parody of Sonnet 43- “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  1. shanesbookblog says:

    Hey Jane!

    I nominated you for one or more awards! You can check out the post by clicking this horribly long link:



  2. Ami Fidèle says:

    Hey, I’ve nominated you for the liebster blog award, here are more details should you choose to accept,
    Congratulations 🙂


    • thank you so much, Ami! very kind of you!


    • Thank you, Ami! Merci beaucoup! I admire your writings so much! To find you have value in mine, makes my heart sing! Thank you! It will take a little time to respond to it…I am reading so many good blogs! These awards are so gratifying to receive and affirm me as a writer. I know how important the awards are to my motivation and I hope when I nominate someone it inspires them to greatness!


    • Thank you, Ami! I am accepting the award and ready to post my nominations today! Thank you for your gracious award! Hope all is well with you and that your writing is flowing well!


  3. tersiaburger says:

    I love Elizabeth Barrett Browning!


    • I think you have the kindest heart, Patty! I know from your words that you have a deep love for your friends and the people you love! May you find deep joy within yourself and celebrate the JOY you are to so many of us! I am so amazed how we have found each other, considering there are millions of bloggers—fascinating thought!


  4. Hikari Yori says:

    I nominate you Super Sweet Blogging Award, Jane. Please check it out at http://daylighttune.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/super-sweet-blogger-award/ 🙂 Wish you have a nice day.


  5. clarabetty says:

    First, the poem- I love your parody of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee..” Very Clever. I didn’t think any state could match the erratic weather of OK. There is a saying here “if you don’t like the weather, just wait awhile,…it will change.”
    2nd-Let me congratulate you on your many awards. It must be thrilling and yet overwhelming. I know that’s how I would feel. I still can’t believe you nominated me for one of the “Sunshine Blogger” awards! I don’t know how I can accept-I don’t know 10 people to pass it on to!!


    • Miss Betty, I think Oklahoma and Wisconsin must be twins! –regarding the weather! Hey, you received the “Sunshine Award” because you deserved it! And to solve your dilemma of who to nominate—begin reading the blogs of others on WordPress…it is just that simple. I was so impressed with the beautiful writing, photography and artwork of those on WordPress! It is a delightful journey to take! Good luck!


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