I haven’t written a rhyming poem since I was a child! Sitting on my back lanai watching a painted gecko dipping into my spent teacup on a blissful, sunny Hawaiian winter day, I thought, ‘Why not have some fun?’ And so I offer up this little ditty.
Happy Valentine’s Day, beloveds everywhere!
ODE TO LOVE
Love is gentle, love is kind;
It lifts us up, dear ones enshrined
in magic, bliss; a thousand verbs
have sung its praises
O, hear the words!
I love you, want, I
need you near;
Should something happen –
you disappear – I’d suffer
endless days and nights
in torture, longing
to take flight
away from pain too great to bear.
(Would time refill that empty chair?)
If ever you should chance to meet
a person close as skin; their feet
as precious as a heart-shaped face –
no one could ever take their place –
Just count your lucky stars,
and then? Keep loving women,
loving men and children,
dogs and horses, too – extending
love to something new
until your arms stretch far and wide
o’er hill and vale; ‘cross truth and lies
and finally reach that journey’s end: