Stephen Daniels






12 ways to show (not tell) someone you love them


  1. Silence is often misunderstood for indecision. When I tell you this, you ask me to show don’t tell. And I’m not sure what to do.
  2. Love is a supply of oxygen, a water source, ample food and sunlight.
  3. Your eyes are open – a roofless convertible, your hair as messy as my intent.
  4. We met when sense became a well-fitted kitchen.
  5. I feel the only way to show you I love you is to drink your tea.
  6. When my jeans are too tight you tell me to stop complaining.
  7. It takes approximately 10 days to dehydrate to death.
  8. I continually chant ‘tell her’ in the shower each morning.
  9. When you ask me how I live with myself, all I can taste is copper.
  10. Loneliness can be hidden with sufficient cleaning fluid.
  11. A long walk at dusk across mist-ridden fields, is not the same as passion.
  12. I refuse to breathe until you return.



Stephen Daniels is the editor of Amaryllis Poetry. His poetry has been published in numerous magazines and websites. His pamphlet Tell Mistakes I Love Them was published in 2017 by V. Press. His second pamphlet will be published by Paper Swans Press in 2018. Find out more at

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