Defining Love takes some doing! What is love? How does it work? When do you find it? Where does it come from? Who does it touch? How do you answer these eternal questions?
The following is an anonymous poem, touching on these many questions. It was read by our son at our daughter’s wedding:
“Who am I?
Some say I can fly on the wind … yet I have no wings
You may find me on the open sea … though I cannot swim
Perhaps you feel my warmth on frosted nights … despite my having no flame.”
You cannot see me
“I am the star twinkle in your child’s eyes
And there I am, in the magic of a kiss
Look, I am hidden in the lines on your mother’s face
Undoubtedly, you may know me as the champion who guards your home …
and still …”
“Some say I am as strong as steel … yet fragile as tears
There are those who never ever search for me … yet I’m always near
At times, people say I die in loss and grief … yet I am endless.”
“Though you cannot hear me
I embrace the cries of newborn babies
And I am in the blessings of grandmothers
Woven, also, into the whispers of passion
Dancing on the laughter of children … and still …”
“I can be a fair flower … yet also the seed
Though some have little faith in me … I ever trust in them
It’s possible that I cure the ill … assuredly I nourish the soul.”
“And though you cannot touch me
I am the gentle handwork of the kind
And especially, the glorious hug of a child
There I am in the fingertips caressing your cheek at night
Here … Now … I am LOVE”
You Can’t Stop Love
Just as you cannot command the tides, or the sunrise or the weather, you cannot command Love. Over time, you learn that you can’t stop Love – from coming or going. No, you can’t make someone love you, nor keep someone from loving you.
You never know from where Love comes – or where it can go.
Intensely boundless and flowing, Love draws no lines on a map.
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn,
is just to love and be loved in return.”
Love is a grace… unwavering… landing in the heart and soul in its own moment, its own meaning, and its own spell.
Love shines and radiates autonomously, like the stars brightening the night sky, or the sun lighting the day. Love appears.
Mercurial in nature, yet Love is undeniable. It’s free, with no strings attached and no ultimatums.
We are all connected in Love – all humans – because Love is an agent of our Being. Trusting and true, Love is… present… here… now. Love IS.
The greatest thing… is love.