How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
1/ (I never understood why Elizabeth Barrett Browning didn’t use a clear system of numbering)
2/ The serenity of your expression
3/ That pink cloak!
4/ And what’s the yellow thing going on behind you?
5/ (How else was she going to keep track of all the Ways?)
6/ The smile in your closed eyes
7/ The sketching of your left hand
8/ THE QUICK RED LINE OF YOUR LIPS
9/ The perfection in the way you’ve broken
This method makes it easy to see I love thee in nine ways, whereas it was much more difficult for Barrett Browning to add all hers up. (If you’re still with me, this is Chinese porcelain, probably mid-eighteenth century)