This is Love

I normally post silly poetry, but considering recent events in Orlando, FL, and elsewhere, this seems appropriate. It’s a song I wrote years ago, but never got around to putting to music.

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Turn on your radio … listen to the songs
Listen to what they’re sayin’ … do they know what’s going on?
They all have something to say about love –
things both good and bad
Many empty words are coming through …
do they know what they’re talkin’ about?

Love is patient, love is strong …
it is sincere, admits its wrongs
rejoices with the truth where it is found
Love is not proud, not out for show …
not self-seeking, love does not boast
takes no pleasure when friend or foe is down

A boy and a girl sitting close together on a dark, deserted road
Looking into her eyes, he says, “If you loved me enough, you would….”
Two years later, she’s struggling alone with a child she didn’t want
Remembering his empty words, she thinks, “Is this what love is all about?”

But love always hopes, it perseveres …
Love holds your hand through smiles and tears
Even through its wounds, it will not fail
Love wants the best for everyone,
accepts the costs and carries on
It bears everything in silence – this is love

Nation threatens nation … the violence never stops
Someone bombs an abortion site to protect an unborn child
Don’t it seem strange to protest murder by killing someone else?
They say they do it all for love – have they forgotten what they’re talking about?

Real love is kind, ignores its pride …
seeks for peace and hates to fight
Doesn’t need to have things its own way
Love’s slow to anger, quick to trust …
won’t close its eyes to injustice
It’s living the Golden Rule in thought and deed

What’s in our hearts, why do we hate …
why do we put up with the pain?
If you live for just yourself –
you know you’ll never be satisfied

Not just a feeling, it’s more than words …
a way of life, an act of will

If you really want to know – this is love.

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