When I was in high school, there was a daily cartoon called Love Is … Each cartoon was of a boy and girl figure with big eyes holding hands and a caption letting the reader know what ‘Love Is …’ for the day. These almost became as popular as checking your horoscope every day. Many girls began cutting them out and displaying them on notebook covers, in their locker, or creating an entire scrapbook of these cute little love birds.
As we grew into adulthood, love became different things to different people at different times in our lives.
After the Sandy Hook shooting, we all realized that we must be more aware of letting the people in our lives know we love them, and often. A twitter friend came up with this phrase, ‘Love is a Verb…” Just telling someone you love them really is never enough. We must show our dear ones our love..therefore, an act of doing or a verb.
There is a delightful little book of poetry titled Love and all the other verbs of life by Peter McWilliams. The poems in this book are what we now call ‘micropoetry’, yet this book was published in 1974. None of the poems has a title, just little short collections of words on a page that are about love.
Here are my favorite ones in this book:
love is a jungle of beasts.
love is a garden of flowers.
love is a question.
love is the answer.
love is complex.
love is simple.
love is pain.
love is joy.
I have no one to love.
Here is a piece of micropoetry I wrote not long ago.
Love is ~ you carrying my sandals ~ while my toes play hide and seek with waves*
As you go through today, be thankful for those people in your life who are loved by you and who give you love in return. Let them know by telling and showing that love…remember…’Love Is A Verb…”
Always, I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you LOVE. Happy Valentine’s Day..Enjoy!
As Ever, Annie
*poetry is copyright protected and the sole property of the blog owner
First Posted 2/14/13