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Sweeter than the sound of mandolins on starry nights

Timeless as the beauty of the Starry Night


Oh star eyes,

Let me stargaze at the magic in your eyes tonight

Meet by the Café Terrace at Night


Maybe we can go on an art stroll or finger paint by candlelight

Let my fingers trace your outline

Let your hands fade into my hands,

I don’t want to know your hand from mine

Let me marvel at that Black Girl Magic neath the moonlight


I wanna serenade you with poems like:

“She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright” 1


“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” 2


“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where…” 3


“I carry your heart with me (I carry it my heart)

I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear…)” 4


“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” 5

Thou art the dawn that draws songbirds,

My Woman Crush Wednesday, everyday


Sweeter than the sound of mandolins on starry nights

Timeless as the beauty of the Starry Night


Oh Queen of 10,000 moons,

This loves jones got me seeking to be your Brother to the night


Come ‘ere,

I wanna shower you with kisses,

Plant a flower in your hair

Is that alright?


It’s like I wish upon a star when I smell the coconut oil in your hair

I got a thing for that twist out with the flower near your ear


Portraits of you in a yellow sundress with the afro bloomin’ dawn on me

Like honeybees alighting on Sunflowers on sunny days


Oh, how I adore your natural hair journey

And ah, that body language has so much to say…

That inner glow is like whoa

Oh, star eyes,

In the darkest hour you tend to brighten the day


Picture yellow roses with a message card that reads:

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” 6

And I say that to say…

I wanna shower you with flowers just because…

Just because you brighten my day


The very thought of you is reminiscent to Nina Simone’s Wild As the Wind on replay

Thank you for the essence of all that is you…

Consider this a memento to immortalize the beauty of your dark skin,

Those star eyes,

And the way you brighten my day


@StevieStreets | from THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC COLLECTION: Starry Night


1 She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron

2 Sonnet XLIII: How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

3 Sonnet XVII: One Hundred Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda

4 I Carry Your Heart With Me (I Carry It In My Heart) by E.E. Cummings

5 Sonnet XVIII: Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day? by William Shakespeare

6 To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick


🎨: Van Gogh