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What is Love

A psychic fleeting dream of eternal ALL

By Andrew C McDonaldPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 2 min read
What is Love
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What is it?

Is it heart rending… agonizing?

At times…. But not always


Is it painful, traumatic, and debilitating?

Indeed it can be… Sometimes…


Sometimes, in the small hours

As wisps of shadows dance on the bed

Where your very essence, your reason extant

Centerpiece of your eternal soul

Once, but no more, lay beside you

On this once joyfully shared bed

Whereupon scent of her flowery perfume lingers

A pillow-case brushed, coated dreamily

Sautéed in wistful oils by her creamy, lucious skin…

This you still have

Olfactory ghosts to haunt your sleep…

Yet I love them

These haunts of yesterday


Sometimes in the wee small hours

Tears of joy, tears of pain…, loss…, heartbreak

Spice the palette of your broken, overdone heart

With salty brine

A feast for those who enjoy their repast

Salted with regrets….

And yet…


What is love?

Love is a joyous sharing

A mingling of soul..

A mingling of minds, hearts, bodies, desires

A sharing of dreams

Dreams of a future unending

Spent walking hand in hand with this radiant

Shimmeringly beauteous being

From a realm beyond mortal

Daydreams of a future lost in shared ecstasy

Lost within each other

Sharing every thought, every whim, every wish

With the one who truly completes you


Love is all

Love is the final completing touch

Placed tenderly

By Aphrodite’s chef extraordinaire

It is the topping on a wedding cake

It is tenderly brushing

Back an errant lock of escaped wind blown hair

It is lightly stroking her cheek

Grazing perfection far beyond

Any masterpiece of art

Hung in the Louvre

Or painted on the Cistine Chapel


Love is breathing in the wonder

Of life itself

Every time you hear that voice

Every time you see that face

Knowing you would rather die

Die a horrific, agonized death

Than live without her for a single day


Love is an ending

Ending of solitary confinement

End of searching for fulfillment

Escape from the prison of

Our lonely, human condition

The final scene of all that came before

Curtain raised on a new, wondrous journey

As our solo tragic drama

Sets scene for a joyous new story

A duet puppeteered by cosmic forces

As Act II begins

Wherein two lost, forlorn seekers

Stumble into a calm oasis

Ablaze with new morning light

Chorus of whippoorwills

Accompanied by sparrows, chickadees, cicadas

Watched from above by creatures

Creatures great and small

Watch from hidden crawl spaces

Watch with baited breath

Hoping against hope to bear witness

Witness to perfection aborning


What is love?

Love is joy

Love is pain

Love is sorrow

Love is ecstasy



Love is ….Creation ….

And final Dissolution


Love is…


Alfred Tennyson said it perhaps best….

Better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all


Now please excuse me

My lost love I seek

Once more to be complete…

After each act…

An end

After each end a beginning


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About the Creator

Andrew C McDonald

Andrew McDonald is a 911 dispatcher of 30 yrs with a B.S. in Math (1985). He served as an Army officer 1985 to 1992, honorably exiting a captain. Check out his novels “Punishment and Good Deeds” and “The Killing Keys” at Amazon kindle.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran4 months ago

    No wayyyyy. I prefer to have not loved at all rather than to have loved and lost. Lol! On a happier note, I loved your poem! It portrayed both the ups and downs of love!

  • ARC4 months ago

    Andrew this felt... exhaustive. Not for me as your reader. I mean for you as the writer. There is such intense energy in each of these words... I hope you slept very well after writing this. Two of my favorite lines: "Olfactory ghosts to haunt your sleep…" This line blew my mind. This is a sensation I have experienced before... it's such a palpable thing. Never seen it expressed so neatly and still so clearly. Beautiful. "Love is a joyous sharing" A disarmingly simple line, but I can feel the depth and power with which you mean this. And this is such Truth. I love the way you let yourself wander in and out of the darkness and the light of Love. It is, indeed, a coin with two sides - like everything in this duality-based realm of ours - and you explored both the light and the shadow with such courage and abandon and then courage again because of the abandon. Profound. Beautiful. Real. Thank you for sharing this with us. I feel privileged to have gotten to read it.

  • Brenton F4 months ago

    That was huge! It got my pulse up and racing and kept going and took me with it Wow so damn good so fine!

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