This week, just in time for Valentine's Day, we're talking about love—what is it?
According to dictionary.com, it's a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. or
a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend. or
sexual passion or desire. But what does that really mean?
Poets and philosophers throughout the ages have tried to find the words that best explain the emotion. I'm included. Remember, before I turned to fiction, I wrote poetry. So, in honor of the holiday, here's a poem I wrote ages ago.
Serenade for an Insomniac
The faucet in the bathtub in dripping
The heater clicks as it turns off.
The clock is ticking time away,
The waterbed sloshes as I toss uneasily,
Then you turn to me
And between snores, murmur sleepily,
"I love you."
Suddenly, it's a midnight rhapsody.
While Valentine's Day celebrates romantic love, there are many other kinds of love. The love of a parent for a child. The love between siblings. The love of nature. The love of self. The love of humanity. For some, the love of God.
I occasionally tease my husband that he's my second love and my first love is the mountains. I think this poem expresses it well.
Beartooth Mountain Pass
I stand at the edge of eternity
Where the mountains and sky mingle
In a curious cacophony of watercolours
Where granite boulders
With a furious freedom, defy gravity,
Hang in precarious unbalance
And do not fall
Where winter snows linger
Alongside short lived summer flowers
Where the world falls away from my feet
I teach myself to breath again
12000 feet high
You can tell me what love means to you in the comments. To find out what out other authors think love is, follow the links below.
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