Friday, September 12, 2014

Love Goes Like This

Love goes like this—an itch becomes a heat,
   A step becomes a trip becomes a fall—
A hunger that expands the more you eat
   Like mud becomes a brick becomes a wall.
Love lives like this: with after-dinner treats
   To make up for the suppers of barbed wire;
With gifts attached to credit card receipts
   And cuddling that dodges sniper fire.
Love dies like this: a chill becomes a freeze,
   A dig becomes attacks becomes a war
Both sides will lose—so keep in mind that these
   Two things alone make love worth fighting for:
      Not toughness, but the courage to be tender;
      Not total victory—total surrender.


Copyright 2014 Matthew J Wells

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