Peculiarities of Love

By AC

There is so much power in this word.
Four letters,
one syllable,
and stored within it,
the power to change the whole entire world.

Many people refuse to believe in love at first sight,
and yet, if you were to ask
your very own mother what it was like
to contemplate your existence
for the very first time;
to see your small body,
to see your small hands,
and at once be able to grasp, then comprehend
that you were by far
the most perfect extension of her.
She will tell you
there was nothing other than love
for you in her eyes.

Then there is the true love of a father
for his own lovely child.
Even if you haven’t witnessed this love,
hopefully one day you will hold
the blood of your blood,
believe it is real, and you will no longer need
to live the rest of your life in denial.

Then there is the other side of love,
the one that keeps pulling us together,
trying to diminish the distance
that divides our lonely souls
It goes jumping from one heart onto the next,
giving us reason after reason
to smile, to laugh, to hug.

Love is also the silliest of bugs.
It morphs,
from a friendship into maybe a little
something more.
It draws the best within our beings,
giving us reasons to look up into the sky,
to wish, to imagine, to dreams, and to hope.

This bug can be transmitted in a smile,
and maybe through the sparks within our eyes
Maybe in the slightest of a touch
of our hands
as we talked,
unaware of how the hours passed us by.
Maybe it was the way her dress fluttered in the wind
to remind me that I’m alive
Maybe it was the smell of her perfume,
or the way her hair glowed
under the moonlight and the bright stars.

Four letters,
one syllable,
and stored within it,
the power to change my little world.

About this poem: This poem speaks of the power of love. It lists some examples from the bigger picture all the way to the smallest picture. It touches on motherly, fatherly, friendly, platonic and romantic love in that order from stanza #2 through #6. But wait! There is more! My beloved reader, if you were kind enough to read the poem backwards from #7 to #1, you should be able to imagine a love story unraveling going from a first date all the way to the couple being proud parents and ready to take on the whole world. This is my Happy Valentine’s Day to you and may every day of your life be a day in which you feel loved and cherished. For what it’s worth, I love you dear reader. Thank you for your time. As always, enjoy!  

69 Comments

  1. Gisela on February 14, 2021 at 9:26 PM

    Hi AC,
    I enjoyed your poem forwards and backwards. The way you described the most powerful of all loves—maternal love, to the simplest love between friends was touching. Throughout our lives, we experience different forms of love, as we morph (like silly bugs). All these forms, even the lost love, gives us strength, makes us learn something new. Thank you for your best wishes on this Valentine’s Day. We definitely could feel the love that you were sending us. I hope that you are able to experience all forms of love in your life. Cheers, Gisela

  2. Cameron on February 15, 2021 at 12:41 PM

    AC,

    I love this poem! You do an amazing job creating this beautiful image of a love story—and one that so many people can relate to. I also think it’s so cool that you can read this poem as it is written or backwards. Both options present a different story, but still acknowledge the power of love. Thank you for writing this poem! I can’t wait to read what you write next!

    -Cameron

  3. Maddie on February 17, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    AC – this poem makes my heart so happy. I loved reading it the first time through, and then upon reading your note about starting and the end and reading it backwards, I felt even more warmth. I have been feeling rather pessimistic about Valentine’s Day this year, but reading this poem has given me a new perspective from which to appreciate the holiday. I hope you continue to spread and feel love in your life! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Derek on February 17, 2021 at 1:12 PM

    Your constant illusion to love withour explicitly stating the word kept me engaged throughout the entirety of the poem! Love is such an important aspect of our lives and truly of humanity as a whole. Love ensures that we treat each other fair and don’t traverse through this world alone, making it extremely valuable. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Anna Janson on February 21, 2021 at 2:16 PM

    This is so beautiful, and I love what you did with #7 to #1 — so creative and careful. Thank you for sharing, I’m grateful to have read this.

  6. SLP on February 22, 2021 at 9:58 AM

    This lovely poem shows both skill and insight. The form you have used propels the reader forward, not only by highlighting different forms of love but also by digging deeper into how the love is received by both parties: the lover and the loved. Your sensitivity shines through. The ability to read the poem backwards is an added gift! One of the best things I like about your approach is that you don’t view love as something that will save us. Rather, you see it as something that enriches our souls. That gives the poem a profundity that many love poems lack. Thank you for your work!

  7. Bhavin C Narotam on February 22, 2021 at 7:45 PM

    This is a good take on a very complex and powerful emotion.

  8. Achal on February 23, 2021 at 12:28 PM

    This poem really talks how powerful of a feeling love is and how much it can triumph all other feelings

  9. A on February 23, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    I loved this poem! It was great to see the way you incorporated different types of love and showed that no one is better or important than another. Bravo!

  10. Adri on February 23, 2021 at 11:48 PM

    Oh my goodness!! This was my first time coming to this website and I was blown away by the poem. I truly enjoyed reading it! Since I am close with my family and am in a loving relationship of (almost) four years, I found this poem really heartwarming. I enjoyed the lines:

    “Many people refuse to believe in love at first sight,
    and yet, if you were to ask
    your very own mother what it was like
    to contemplate your existence
    for the very first time;
    to see your small body,
    to see your small hands,
    and at once be able to grasp, then comprehend
    that you were by far
    the most perfect extension of her.”

    Since I’m close with my mom, I found this part and overall this poem to be really touching. Amazing job!!

  11. Fabiola Vega Albino on February 24, 2021 at 11:29 PM

    this poem is so great! I feel the emotion through the words and I think it’s also great the fact that connects to the audience by such a relatable topic. Great job so creative!

  12. Emily Bickel on February 24, 2021 at 11:52 PM

    AC
    What a love-ly poem! I think it’s so hard to believe in love at first sight, but you never really think about it as mother and son. Of COURE you love your son immediately. I have no critiques! I love the fact that you can read it backwards and forwards.
    -E

  13. Charese Tan on February 25, 2021 at 1:42 AM

    I love how you found meaning in “love at first sight” in a different way. Typically, that is seen as something pertaining to a significant other but it’s refreshing to hear another perspective; I’ve never thought of it that way! Then how you switch over and use a metaphor for love’s strange way of working (i.e. friendship to more). I love the imagery you set, and how it connects in the fifth and sixth stanza. It’s a very powerful poem, and I love it!

  14. Sophie on February 26, 2021 at 9:29 PM

    AC, thank you for sharing your phenomenal poem! I read it twice, and your descriptions of the concept of love brought tears to my eyes. You captured such a defining part of the human experience beautifully, how it, as you say, reminds us we are alive. I really loved how you called it “the silliest of bugs.” I also appreciated how you expressed the ways we can feel separated from love, lonely and isolated, and that many of us live in denial of the reality and beauty of love. I can feel your compassion and your big heart. Thank you for sharing your unique perspective on love with the world, we are all certainly better off for it.

  15. Joyce on March 1, 2021 at 2:32 PM

    Dear AC,

    This is such an incredible poem! It is so creative that you wrote it so it can be written both top down and bottom up. I love that you explore so many different kinds of love. You are a truly amazing writer. The phrases you use are so descriptive, beautiful, and powerful. The variation in the kinds of sentences you use also makes the poem dynamic to read. For example, things like the repetition of “to see your small body, to see your small hands,” phrases like “to smile, to laugh, to hug,” and more descriptive sentences like “trying to diminish the distance that divides our lonely souls,” are all so interesting. I like the bug metaphor you use for love, it is whimsical and lovely. I am wishing you lots of love in your life!

    Sincerely,
    Joyce

  16. James Artis on March 1, 2021 at 2:40 PM

    I really have to say that I enjoyed this poem. At times I have found myself really trying to figure this love thing out….What I really enjoyed about reading your work is that you touch on sides of love. The scope of love. How love becomes the reason for so many things. Please keep on writing…….!!!

  17. Matthew Li on March 1, 2021 at 2:49 PM

    This poem is so powerful. It shows the power of love and human emotion. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Kiana Loo on March 1, 2021 at 3:13 PM

    AC,

    This poem literally made my day. It is one of the most creatively crafted poems I have ever seen, and you weave together the different forms and expressions of love so eloquently. I have seriously read this poem front to back and back to front so many times. Please keep writing!!

  19. Martina on March 2, 2021 at 4:08 PM

    AC,
    This was one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read, reading it forward and backwards. You have such a talent, to come up with not one but two beautiful poems in one is extraordinary. Please continue to write! This love poem moved my heart.
    Best,
    M

  20. Maya S. on March 5, 2021 at 2:08 PM

    AC,

    I am obsessed with this poem! I really enjoyed the way you wrote about all types of love–I have been cynical about the concept of “love at first sight” but then the stanza about a mother’s love for her baby convinced me that maybe it can be true in certain contexts of love. But then your note at the end that the poem could be read backwards blew my mind! So I read it again and got to picture a love story developing, which brought a whole new meaning to the poem and overall narrative.

    Thanks for writing this (and please keep writing)!

    Best,
    Maya

  21. Samantha on March 5, 2021 at 5:07 PM

    AC,

    I LOVED this poem! It was so touching and beautiful. I read it twice, and each time I read, I picked up on something new. The way in which you navigate through and describe every type of love in the world was incredible. I truly have never seen anything like it. I am going to come back to this poem, because it was so, so good. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing poetry with the world! This poem was amazing, wow! It has touched me so, so deeply.

    Best,

    Samantha Smart

  22. Ayzhiana Basallo on March 7, 2021 at 12:56 AM

    This poem was very special. It basically talked about one word and how that it can be transformed into so many different kinds of love. I think love is something that is universal and shared and expressed in so many ways. I enjoyed reading your poem and liked how you explained different types of love.

  23. Ean Rogers on March 11, 2021 at 3:24 PM

    Dear AC,

    Really, really, beautiful poem. I love poems that have multiple ways to read them and it takes a lot of work and talent to be able to accomplish that. Even more impressively is that both interpretations of the poem are equally profound and meaningful. In fact they play off each other in a really cool way, enhancing each other with their presence; kind of like two people who love each other. I really enjoyed reading this, you make people’s lives better with your work.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well,

    – Ean

  24. Steffy on March 11, 2021 at 3:55 PM

    This poem was beautiful. I especially liked how you ended your poem with the same stanza you started.

  25. Brittani Forman on March 11, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    Dear AC, OMG! This poem is beautifully put together. The way the poem can be read forwards and backwards and still makes sense. It also still describes the stages of love growing up. Its beautiful for it all to be a complete cycle.

  26. Jill H on March 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Wow! I loved this poem, and am so glad you made a note so I could it enjoy it both forward and backward. Your words are sending me into my day with a full heart – thank you!

  27. Veda on March 15, 2021 at 3:11 PM

    My heart smiled. I smiled when reading this poem. Thank you. I just-what a beautiful and captivating story you bring to life that entwines with reality. Absolutely incredible. I love how the ordering of the poem works both ways to not only ground us, but also allow us to imagine something more. This poem reminded me of my childhood crushes and the what ifs if those relationships actually became something more. This poem reminded me of the people in my life that I love who could have been someone I fell in love with. This poem made me feel. Thank you. It reminded me that everyone deserves to be loved. Everyone. Thank you for sharing love through this poem. It is exactly like a bug through words and through the way we talk and the way we view the world. Thank you for showing me that we must use our beings to see the world through love. I especially love the beginning of the second stanza because it reminded me of fairytales and how I fell head over heels for love, and how that was not a bad way to live. Thank you for your time. Thank you for this poem. I love you! I hope you get to do what makes you happy and feel loved as well. You deserve it.

  28. Dorie on March 20, 2021 at 12:19 PM

    This is a beautiful poem. My favorite part about is how you described love like a “bug,” which perfectly encompasses the uncontrollable, overwhelming, body-changing characteristics of love. Additionally, I love the detail you added about reading the poem backwards! It is very clever and surprising (just like love!). I hope you continue to write poetry because your work is wonderful.

  29. Melissa Norwick on March 23, 2021 at 1:45 PM

    AC,

    I️ LOVED this Valentines Day poem! After reading the poem all the way through, I️ then read it again in reverse like you suggested. Reflecting on love from the other perspective. For me personally, love is a strong word. I️ remember as a kid/teen that I️ reserved that word only for family. However, as an adult, I️ found myself in a relationship in which that four letter word seemed to want to burst out of me. I️ know there are those out there who have “given up on love”, but I️ think your poem helps those remember that love can come from friends, family, or significant others. I️ also think it is important to tell the ones you love that you love them. We never know when it will be our last chance. Now if you will excuse me, I️ need to make some phone calls to my loved ones. Thank you for making me feel loved <3 I️ wish you the best. – MN

  30. Joe Fargo on March 25, 2021 at 10:44 PM

    Dear AC,

    Thank you for sharing this poem. The reversible form you use in this poem, the imagery you incorporate, and the raw emotion you convey are all things that I will remember for a long time. This is incredible work, AC, and I hope you continue writing and sharing your love with everyone you meet.

    Best wishes,
    – Joe

  31. Amanda on March 26, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    I absolute loved reading your poem. Love is such an important thing that everyone deserves to experience and I really like how you brought so many different emotions into your poem. I specially loved the portion where it talked about the bond between and dad and his daughter. Especially when having a child for the first time, I imagine that bond to be special.

  32. Emily on March 27, 2021 at 6:44 PM

    I love this! Reading it brightened my day, it’s absolutely beautiful! Thank you 🙂

  33. Mason on March 29, 2021 at 9:46 PM

    AC,

    This poem is outstanding, and I appreciate the note at the bottom as well! The way that it was able to be read both forward and backwards made it extra powerful. I especially loved the 6th stanza, I could feel the love that you were describing so clearly. Thank you so much for sharing this 🙂

  34. Zach Phelps on March 30, 2021 at 12:45 PM

    Wow! I loved every second of this poem, I love the full circle connection in the first and last stanza. I also appreciated the note you included underneath the poem to explain you could read the poem both forwards and backwards. I of course did both and I was amazed in both. I also love the idea of taking the actual word and looking at how small it is and it is simply four letters, but the letters form a word that could change the word. The was an awesome opening and closing of your poem. You had some amazing imagery that allows the reader to fully be engulfed in your story and words. This poem was great!

  35. Ashlen on March 30, 2021 at 7:02 PM

    AC – Thank you so much for your poem! Your heart is filled with so much love, and I am so glad that you’ve shared that love with the world with your words. Love is incredibly powerful! Your poem was so thoughtful and well written and it made me smile. Your love is changing the world, and I hope you see that and continue to keep writing! – Ashlen

  36. maggie on April 1, 2021 at 6:12 PM

    I loved this poem and the take on the word love. Also, I thought it was cool to interpretive the poem in a different way!

  37. Sawyer Sotomayor on April 1, 2021 at 8:01 PM

    AC,
    Love is bleeding from this poem! I loved the artistic way you styled it, giving it additional impact when read backwards. Your writing is phenomenal, thank you for an uplifting poem that reminded me to hug my loved ones. I appreciate your footnote as well, I hope you continue to express yourself through writing!

  38. Aprile on April 3, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Hi AC, I love this poem very much! Love is so powerful, whether that be a type of familial love or romantic love. Knowing you love someone is one thing. But knowing that you are loved is truly another thing entirely. I read your poem one way and then reversed orders, and both times were so meaningful for me. Thank you for being another reason for me to smile today. This poem actually allowed me to better appreciate the life I have and to ultimately reflect on how I should never take the love I am given for granted. This is truly incredible, and I wanted to thank you for sharing a poem so eloquently. I am thankful that Free Minds gives us this opportunity to read about your means of expression. You are clearly a very talented writer, and I hope to read more from you in the future. Wishing you the best in all that you do.

  39. Kylie on April 6, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Wow, this is really excellent! The imagery that you captured, particularly in the final section was very effective and well done. I also love the explanation and the fact that the poem can tell two different stories depending on how you read it. There’s an overwhelming sens of hope in this piece that is really appealing, a kind of soft shinning declaration of the power of love in all it’s many forms. Overall this piece displays not only superb creative instincts, but also an open and compassionate heart and mind. Keep up the great work!

  40. Taylor Dodd on April 6, 2021 at 2:44 PM

    Wow I absolutely loved this poem. I love how you can read it the other way it almost completely tells a different story while still holding the same theme. Those are my favorite types of poems. Beautiful work.

  41. Soy on April 7, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    AC, this is such a beautiful poem!! Your description and word choice contribute to making the piece so meaningful, I adore your descriptions of love, you hit the nail on the head. You’ve added LAYERS to this poem by making it able to be read backwards, too! Doubly impactful, thank you for such a great read! I hope you continue to write 🙂
    Your footnote was so sweet as well, I hope you had a Happy Valentines, and a happy everyday after that.

  42. Taylor T. on April 8, 2021 at 8:08 PM

    AC,
    I absolutely loved reading your poem. Your words came to life with every word that I read. I thought it was such a clever thing that you could read it backwards and it paints a full picture of a couple falling in love and creating a family together. It brings a whole new depth to your poem. Your words have definitely warmed my heart and I think it has been one of my favorite poems to read. I think you have such great talent for writing poems, and I hope that you continue on. I look forward to many more amazing poems from you. Thank you so much for sharing.
    -T.T

  43. Meg on April 8, 2021 at 9:50 PM

    I am in awe of the powerful message this poem delivers. I agree that love is ever changing, not just one form of love exists. I also believe that love is infinite, we as humans have the capability to love and be loved to multiple people and there is beauty in all lives that we touch. I was able to witness the birth of a child and as I watched the nurse hand the baby to the mother, the emotions in that room were palpable. The moment the mother and father laid eyes on the baby, I could tell that they loved her.

  44. Olivia H. on April 10, 2021 at 10:40 PM

    AC,
    WOW, what a beautiful piece you have written! I can’t express how incredible this poem is. I read the poem three times before I read the “about this poem” and learned about the reverse stanza meaning. This is truly a masterpiece. I felt so many different emotions when reading this poem thinking about my parents, my friends, and my husband. Then, I felt the emotions on a completely new level when reading the stanzas backwards and thinking about all of the above AND my future children! I truly would love to see this poem published, because it deserves all the attention possible. Personally, I want to share it with all of the people I love.

    You are incredibly talented, and you should be so proud of yourself for being able to elicit such strong emotion from your readers. Thank you so much for sharing your work, and I hope you continue to pursue your talent!

  45. Danielle on April 11, 2021 at 9:47 PM

    Dear AC,

    This poem was amazing. To witness this love through your words was very telling, and then to read at the end that you could read the stanzas backwards to see a new love story was just mind blowing. Your way with words to tell this story in two different yet beautiful ways is so lovely.

    Danielle

  46. Nicole Burkoski on April 12, 2021 at 5:34 PM

    I absolutely loved not only the “about this poem” description given by the author but the fact that the poem can be read backwards! It is truly amazing how optimistic they are in such a corrupt system of oppression.

  47. Anna on April 16, 2021 at 2:33 PM

    AC,
    Your poem is beautiful. I loved reading it backwards and watching the love story unfold. I hope you also feel like you are loved and cherished. I think you are extremely talented and believe you should keep writing!

  48. Emily H on April 16, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Hi AC, my name is Emily and I am a student at a college in Detroit. I came across this website from one of my classes in which we are working to engage with others through service and community. I enjoyed your poem very much. It is crazy how one four letter word can really change all of our lives, but the truth is that it does. The word love does so many things for different people. Like you said it could be a mother looking at her child for the first time or a couple of teenagers who think their love will last a lifetime. I loved seeing some of the things you defined love as. I also love how if you read your poem backwards it tells a story. I didn’t realize that part until I read the excerpt at the end, but I think that is genius. I hope that you have experienced some of the love that you talked about in your poem. I think that everyone deserves love in some form or another. Thank you for letting me see what some aspects of love mean to you .

  49. OM on April 17, 2021 at 11:57 AM

    Hi AC, thank you so much for sharing your poem, I truly loved it. When I first read through it, I thought it was beautiful the way you expressed different types of love. I, for myself, feel like I take the love of my parents and friends for granted and reading through the poem made me realize how special their love is and how lucky I am to receive it. But then when I read your poem backwards I was in awe of the beautiful story that was told. Overall I really enjoyed reading it and think that you are very talented!

  50. Callie Cloran on April 19, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Hi AC, I loved reading your poem. I agree in the power of love. It is amazing to see how you portray it in your poem. You are a good writer. Keep it up!

  51. D on April 19, 2021 at 2:13 PM

    What a sweet poem. Love really is the most powerful force in the world. I hope you always maintain this perspective on the power of love, AC. It seems to be keeping you up during difficult times. Best wishes.

  52. Alexa on April 19, 2021 at 9:23 PM

    AC,
    This poem made me smile from ear to ear, I love everything about it. Your descriptions of love are so wholesome and so well encompassing of a positive experience of love. It makes me feel very warm and happy when I read it. You are obviously a very talented poet, maybe you could also write a poem about how love can be experienced in other scenarios as well? I love your work!

  53. Miriam on April 20, 2021 at 8:30 PM

    Hi AC,
    Thank you for sharing this poem! It really touched my heart to be reminded that love exist in the simplest of gestures, that one four letter word hold so much power. Something that we can take for granted but that feeling of love can warm you on the coldest of days and bring a smile to your face. You’re so talented and I hope you continue writing.

  54. Nicole Nowicki on April 23, 2021 at 7:29 PM

    AC, this poem was so beautiful. I absolutely loved the last two stanzas, especially the line where you wrote, “Maybe it was the way her dress fluttered in the wind to remind me that I’m alive.” You were able to convey so well how much you loved this person in such an intimate way, making declarations about love that were so unique and so well-spoken. I also really loved the connection between the first and last stanza, where you change “the whole world” to “my little world.” I really enjoyed how you described all the different ways we love, allowing it to resonate with every reader. I also thought it was amazing how I was able to read the poem backwards and have it tell a different story. That’s true talent, something I’ve always loved and admired in poetry and I’m impressed that you were able to do that. I hope this finds you well.

  55. Katie on April 28, 2021 at 1:47 PM

    AC, this poem really stuck out to me. I took notice to the start and ending of the poem which stuck out the most to me. The way you changed the wording slightly made a huge difference in the way the poem makes you and the readers feel when reading. All the different ways you explained love and the power of it is unique and allows for a new perspective on what love means to you. I love how this poem can be used to describe all types of love in different relationships because love is a universal that connects everyone together. So beautifully written, I’m sure anyone who reads can see your clear talent. Keep up the writing!

  56. Billie Marcheva on April 28, 2021 at 7:23 PM

    Hi, AC,

    You really did such an excellent job with this poem. It’s touching and emotionally provoking, and your note at the end is written so sweetly and playfully that it made me smile so much just to read it. I was so impressed with how you can read it top to bottom or backwards for a unique experience both ways. I love how your mind works, and I love this poem, and I love you!

  57. Jay on April 28, 2021 at 8:14 PM

    This poem had me smiling from the beginning to the end. Love can and will come from many people in your life, in different ways. I like how you described the forms of love that exist – whether it’s from a mother and father or a significant other. After reading the poem through from top to bottom and then in reverse, I can say that I agree with you and believe that love has the power to change the world.

  58. Max on April 29, 2021 at 9:26 PM

    Hello AC, thankyou for sharing this wonderful poem. Through reading it a few times, i started to visualise, think, connect and paint my own picture of what the words meant to me. This is what great writing is, it transforms you to a dreamer and takes you to another state. Brilliant stuff

  59. cm on May 2, 2021 at 4:09 PM

    Hello AC – thank you for sharing this beautiful poem with us! I am student in a college writing course that focuses on interacting with the community outside of the university. Although I am reading your poem a while after Valentine’s day, I enjoyed it just the same. I found it so cleaver both forward and backward, and I am so very impressed by the creativity and intelligence it took to create a poem of this nature. I enjoyed how you had a stanza about every type of love and the love story included in the backwards reading. Your use of expressive language and comparisons really allows me to feel the emotions behind the words in the poem and gives me joy. I sincerely hope you continue to write and express your emotions through poetry. It seems that you have both a talent and a passion for writing, and I think so many would benefit from reading your work. I wish you nothing but good luck in the future!

  60. Aracelli on May 3, 2021 at 8:26 PM

    Hi AC! This was such a wonderful and sweet poem. I love the similarities and slight differences between the first and last stanzas, it wraps the story up very nicely. I also really appreciate the story told by reading it backwards. Thank you for the beautiful words and sentiment.

  61. Natalie D. on May 5, 2021 at 5:33 PM

    Hey AC,

    You wrote this poem so beautifully! I loved reading it forward and backwards. That was just so clever. I never thought about our parents being our first love. As we age, they love us and we love them right back- unconditionally. And yes, I agree with how love can be so contagious. The way the simple and small things from a partner can make a feeling so…..epic….so intimate!! I can definitely say I’m a hopeless romantic, so yes I believe in love at first sight. Love is so powerful, but with love there has to be a lot of vulnerability that some people won’t allow themselves to fall into. Once again, beautiful poem and story.

  62. Justin Lambert on May 10, 2021 at 6:00 PM

    This was beautiful!!! I often think of love at first sight as a complete myth, but thats usually always in a romantic context. It makes complete sense that witnessing the birth of your child can make way for love at first sight.

  63. Adrian on August 19, 2021 at 10:27 AM

    I am extremely grateful to you. This prom has opened my eyes to love and connection.

  64. A Khanna on August 19, 2021 at 10:30 AM

    AC,

    This poem makes my heart smile and feel warm. Love is such a powerful emotion, and your piece captures it an all aspects. From things to the slight brush of a young couple’s hands to the loving gaze of a mother towards her child, you have collected some of the best snapshots of love and created a beautiful and heartwarming poem. This is the kind of poetry that the world needs. I hope that you continue to write.

  65. EB on August 19, 2021 at 10:38 AM

    Your poem has left me with no words. Except for four: Your work is wonderful.

  66. Julia on October 25, 2021 at 6:03 PM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and emotional poem. We all deserve this kind of love. I loved the symbolism you used with love and a bug. Love exists in so many ways and in so many different kinds of relationships and I love how you talked about that. Thank you for sharing!

  67. Chynel on November 4, 2021 at 12:36 PM

    This is so beautiful!! I love the way you described love at first sight not through romantic love but through a parent’s love for their newborn child! I also think it’s so thoughtful of you to suggest reading the poem backwards in order to follow the story of the couple you write about. A very unique and heartfelt poem!

  68. Jada on November 11, 2021 at 6:17 PM

    I enjoyed this poem so much, it had me in deep thought the entire time reading it. I loved how you described a mother’s love for a child they just brought into the world and just how love comes upon them in an instance. Also, how there are different forms of love such as friends, family, relationships and how love gives us strength and when we lose it we learn from experiencing different forms of love. Thank you for this powerful poem reminding us the good of love. Sincerely, Jada.

  69. Andrew on December 6, 2021 at 5:20 PM

    Your poem excellently describes how magical love is!
    Reading this reminded me of all the good times in which I’ve encountered love,
    and also reminded me to value the sources of love I currently have.
    This was fun to read, amazing work 🙂

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