. Better with Love I thought I was a pleasant sort __When we first met. Not perfect but near sweet and kind __As one could get. ____I knew I had rough edges ____And for fixes I made pledges ____But there seemed no need for hedges __In a nice safe bet. It shocked me that you thought I had __Annoying traits. I knew there were a few but not __A heaping plate. ____At first I got defensive ____Then it made me apprehensive ____That you thought they were extensive __When I felt first rate. It took too long but by and by __I understood, And realized your points of view __Would do me good. ____You’re predominantly right ____And I’m mistaken when we fight ____I pray for insight every night __To treat you like I should. Your gifts keep shining ever brighter __In my eyes. Awareness of my stunning fortune __Multiplies. ____You’re in many ways unique ____Each day my love hits a new peak ____I listen closely when you speak--- __Your wisdom clarifies. Your blessings make me want to give you __All I can. To keep you happy everyday __Is what I plan. ____You bring pleasure like a dream ____It’s clear we are an awesome team ____And with my love for you I scheme __To be a better man. . . Russel Winick recently started writing poetry after ending a long legal career. He resides in Naperville, Illinois.