Patience Versus Tolerance

Your indulgent smile, mixed with my tears

Makes me feel like a child burdened with years

You tease my emotions; you ease all my pain

And when you comfort me gently, you put me to shame.

Not a word of impatience; not a moment’s indifference;

Not a stroke of rejection, and that makes all the difference.

For I never want the shadow of tolerance, with its cold rationality

To displace your warm patience, and its light conviviality.


Claudia Moscovici, from The Painful Poignancy of Desire (2007)

About romanticlovepoetry

I was born in Bucharest, Romania and immigrated to the United States when I was almost twelve years old. Here I obtained an B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University. At Princeton, I met and fell in love with my husband, Dan. We live in Michigan with our two children, Sophie and Alex. I taught philosophy and literature, focusing on the Romantic period, at Boston University and the University of Michigan. Since 2003, I've been working with a group of international artists on postromanticism, a contemporary art movement that I co-founded with the Mexican sculptor Leonardo Pereznieto. Postromantic artists strive to express beauty, sensuality and passion in their artwork. I do the same in my scholarly book "Romanticism and Postromanticism" (2007) and in a collection of love poems, "The Painful Poignancy of Desire" (2007). If you're interested in taking a look at this art, our website is I'm also a fiction writer. My first novel, "Velvet Totalitarianism" (2009), describes a family's survival in communist Romania due to the strength of their love. You can find out more about me and my writing on my author's profile on
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