Music: "My Heart Will Go On" (theme from the movie "Titanic")
Sung by: Celine Dion

Page updated: March 21, 2006


Ah! So many love songs, love poems,
love icons and images!
I think of the many ways to say it -
I love you.
Te amo.
Je t'aime.

Ditto

It stirs awareness,
needing expression, if I may indulge in a wisp of sentiment.

Love is blind.
Friendship..closes its eyes.
______Anonymous_

The sense of love, the scents of love! Ah!
...the stuff of dreams and hopes.
Without love - what is there?

I wish for you - and you - and YOU! - Love!
Abundantly overflowing!
Infinite! Unconditional! Reciprocal!

So - love and be loved,
unafraid of time or change,
knowing always that...
to have such love - one must give IT -
generously, fearlessly -
without anxiety,
knowing IT either IS,
or - it is-not. . .



Love has many faces, but I think they all relate.
Whether one loves as a friend,
a parent or child,
a lover or mate,
or even loving in the sense of love of one's fellow humans in general,
love itself has characteristics which hold true.

Lord,
Make me an instrument
of Your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

Oh Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning
that we are pardoned.
It is in dying
that we are born to eternal life.

_____Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

After all -
Love's not just about candlelight and flowers!

Caring deeply - caring about the welfare of the beloved
even more than about one's own self-interests
is where honest love rings true.


When I think of love -
I find my imagination stirred exquisitely.
Things - places - people
I may not even have experienced
firsthand -
Become vivid - become known...
Become actual.

I love that!



I remember part of a poem I wrote in my teens.


Love is like an ember
That eternally burns.
Love, that is, that's real,
That lives, and grows, and learns.

Love is like a stick
That drives to higher deeds.
Love, that is, that's great,
That knows our wants and needs.
___NHay

A few years passed after that.
I lost a beloved sister and, through tears,
I wrote:

A wisp of life
Brings forth a surge of living.
A silent gift
Inspires a life of giving.
A perfect gift
Compels eternity:
A life so lived
As to give
Life to life,
And that,
Inherent
___NHay

More years passed. I learned:

Love
Brings us to our knees,
That we might
Truly stand.
___NHay

Life continued - my poems expressed my feelings.

Be still, my heart,
And you will know.
___NHay




NOW - JUST FOR FUN:


[If the above results aren't to your liking or don't fit facts,
just chuckle and go on! It IS just for fun!!]

He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.

______Edwin Markham_

AH, LOVE, GLORIOUS LOVE!!


A heart in love experiences things intensely,
Even a short separation.
Emily Dickinson captured it -

"Morning without you is a dwindled dawn."

But one wonders about glib cliche sayings about love,
such as, "You always hurt the one you love."
I've long wondered at that.
In fact - I don't really believe it at all!

There's no unwritten law that determines
such a poor arrangement in the name of love!
Not if the love is real.
Mean-spiritedness isn't a quality of love.

Ah, yes, there ARE identifying qualities of love -
honesty, kindness, tenderness, caring,
desire for real happiness of the beloved -
acceptance of - even delight in - differences,
genuine appreciation of the beloved,
and - oh - yes! - intimacy....in a touch.



Love is not love
That alters when it alteration finds,
or bends with the remover to remove....
.......
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov'd,
I never writ, and no man ever lov'd.

_____Wm. Shakespeare (Venus and Adonis)_

To live is like to love --
all reason is against it,
and all healthy instincts for it!
____Samuel Butler_





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