The poem opens with the lines “I want you in the deep of the night.” It could be inferred that the persona wants that person to be with him/her on difficult days. The phrases “to live till dawn” and “dark melt into light” personifies the idea that one when has been struggling, a person basically needs someone to lean on and hold on to; the persona in the poem sees to it that the other person knows that he/she needs comfort. It is for the reason that with love, a person can have the power to battle loneliness and sadness and transform it into happiness. Furthermore, having someone on your side makes you more determined to overcome, your challenges as stated in the fourth line “without a sigh, a sob, a groan”.
“I want you at the rising sun,” another life stage depicted by the persona uttering that it's not only I times of pain that he/she needs someone but also in moments of striving in life. As the poem continues, the persona details the things that both of them can do by “start the day as we designed”. Though a day requires energy and demands mentally physically or emotionally knowing that someone tagged with you along all day will make your day and night worth living, as in the line “await night happily resigned.” To continue the emotion an passion shown in the previous stanza, the present stanza gives a picture of how the persona has now achieved the limelight of his/her life, either in personal or career gains as strengthened by the use of “rising sun” in the first line. Whenever one gains the price of his/her efforts, all-nighter, tears, and pain, someone tends to lose track of what's really important. The persona shares that the certain person who's with him/her serves as his/her direct contact with reality as said in the lines “to help me live, help other live/ I need you for my seeing eye/ To show me what the world can give.” Strengthening the idea that idea that the true essence of happiness lies on not what a person earns a day but on whom he/she dedicates all efforts to.
“ I want you at the close of day,” displays that at the end of every ups and downs in the persona's life, in his/her twilight years, he/she still yearn for that same person whom he/she battled every adversaries and celebrated every achievement. It is always that notion that a person can only think of a certain person when asked “For whom do you want to spend the rest of your life with?” in the lines “to while the hours away/ In afterthought and sweet reminiscence,” the persona sees to it that if he/she is to look back in his/her fruitful past, it is with the person he/she tracked the road with. The persona in the poem continues to utter “I want you” in every stanza stating his/ her loyalty and admiration to that certain person in his/her journey in life and that being with him/her every step of the way is more than enough.
I Want You is Dy-Liacco's way of asserting that it is always a blessing to have someone by your side, someone who'll be with you through thick and thin. This shows the triumph of two individuals, who partake life as one soul and entity, weathering the storms and celebrating the sunshine of life.