Love! Not For Everyone
Poets and philosophers for centuries have been trying to answer the question, what is love? Love has an infinite number of definitions, which vary from one person to another. Love cannot be measured by any physical means. One may never know what true love is until love it- self has been experienced. What is love? A four letter word that causes a person to behave in a way that is out of character. What is love? A first kiss, childhood crushes on a teacher or friend’s mom. What is love? A choice that people make by putting their partner’s wishes, desires and needs above everything else. What is love? The act of forgiveness, the infatuation with someone, the communication between two people. What is love? A friendship that turned into a lifelong commitment, that special someone who has vowed to spend the rest of their lives to honor and protect, to love each other “till death do you part.” When in love nothing else in the world matters. According to the online Encarta Dictionary love is the passionate feeling of romantic and sexual desire and longing for somebody. Poets and philosophers may never know what love really is, and we may never truly understand the question what is love.
Love is like a rose that blossoms into great beauty. Love starts with a seed that has been carefully planted in the garden. Love is much like when meeting someone for the first time. Getting to know each other is just our roots planting firmly in the ground. With each day love is growing stronger and stronger. In the poem by Ezra Pound, “The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter” the wife married at fourteen and by the time she was sixteen her love had grown so much that she longed for her beloved husband to come home. The speaker tells her husband,
If you are coming down through the narrows of the river Kiang
please let me know beforehand,
and I will meet you
As far as Cho-Fu Sa (26-29).
The speaker loves her husband so much that she is willing to meet him no matter what the distance between them might be. Love is the constant care and affection that is needed to flourish and bloom into great beauty.
Love is the commitment that two people share. Jarold Ramsey’s poem “The Tally Stick” is a great example of the commitment that two people share. The speaker says, “Here from the start, from our first days, look: / I have carved our lives in secret on this stick” (1-2). Starting with their marriage, the first notch is “Near the butt, this intricate notch where the grains / converge and join: it is our wedding” (6-7). The couple uses the stick as a symbol of their love for each other. The stick symbolizes how committed they are in their relationship. Love is a commitment one makes to put someone’s wishes, desires and needs above all. What if the husband or wife became ill or cannot take care of him or herself anymore? Or perhaps the spouse got orders to go to Iraq, or maybe the spouse got a job offer in another state. What will happen to the life...