Love, Poetry, Spoken Word

I “_______” You

The question I’ve been pondering is

What does love really look like?

Is it sweet romance, happenstance,

Beautiful, blissful,

Flowers, kisses, and love letters?

It has got to be more than a mention

More than affection, attention,

More than just lovers carving hearts into the sand.

The question I’ve been pondering is

What does love really feel like?
Is it tears of joy,
A walk in a garden,
A playful puppy with a three year old?

It has got to be more than an emotion,
More than a fairy tale, a notion,
More than riding off on a white horse.

The question I’ve been pondering is
What do we mean when we say
“I love you”
When those words
More than won’t do –

Why don’t we say what we really mean, then?

Like with my kids, what’s really happening is…

I “quality time playing Mario-Kart 8 for the third night in a row because you’re a cool kid” you.

I “working extra hours when I don’t feel great so we can go on vacation this summer” you.

And with our significant others…

I “holding hands in a movie theater” you.

I “texting you out of the blue because I can’t get you off my mind” you.

I “created a new playlist with songs that remind me of us” you.

I “still get butterflies in my tummy when I see your name on the caller ID” you.

And in my pondering I’ve come to realize that
Love looks like sacrifice –
Love looks like working hard all day and
Coming home with a smile on your face and
Keeping the smile there while you do dishes because
Your kids have a clean home and,
Come next paycheck – new shoes, or school clothes or
A paid-for cell phone, electricity, a vacation.
Love looks like a tired momma at the end of the day
With no left-over paycheck to show for all her hard work,
But a house full of happy kids to fill up her heart…

Love feels like…
A Daddy wiping his own tears after his daughter walks out the door with her prom date or

Swinging on the back porch swing with a
Glass of sweet iced tea while you
Watch the kids and the puppy play like
Kids and a puppy…

Love feels like a first kiss –
Standing on a park bridge
While the rain
Starts and stops and starts again, but you don’t notice
Because you are
Too busy falling deeper
For the one you hold –
Not only with your arms,
but now with your
Heart…

Love feels like fishing
After a long workday
On a calm lake,
Like a good night’s sleep,
Like love…

Love is a deep-abiding commitment that, during or after an argument, says –
“You first.” and
“I’m so sorry.” and
“If I had to do it all over again I’d still choose you.”
Love can’t wait to get home to the someone they love.
Love is always being on the same team.

But because this world has tried to re-brand love,
I’d rather throw that word out the window,
Or set it on a shelf until it becomes less misused and more of a
Treasure each time it slips off our lips…

I “cotton candy clouds on a road-trip” you.
I “new socks on freshly showered feet” you.
I “waiting on God’s timing to turn my heart your way” you.
I “_______” you.

(Try it for yourself – you’ll see…)

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