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!  

14 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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 .

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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