Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Is it love?


is it love
if it only lasts
the life span
of a butterfly,
if it doesn't
live up
to those three
little words,
if it comes
and goes,
hurts
and forgets,
if it doesn't
give my heart
wings,
if it dies
before it can fly,
is it love?


Personally, I think that the word "love" is often overused and misused. Especially this month, everything is heart-shaped, making "love" so commercialized. Someone once told me that true love doesn't hurt, and that changed me forever.


I took these photographs of a Swallowtail butterfly last summer. This beautiful butterfly has a very short life span and inspired my poem. This is posted for Poets United, where today's midweek motif is "heart."

52 comments:

  1. I think there are many different kinds of loves...even those that are not long lasting ARE love. I agree that love does not hurt. Love feels 'good' for however long it lasts...even if it is only for the span of a butterfly's life!

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  2. love comes in all shades...and sadly all too often love hurts....
    particularly as it dies...but even throughout there are bumps
    in the road...love though outlasts even that.

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  3. The paradox of your poem is in these words "the life span of a butterfly"--and they make it great! That's the answer the questions want--only if for all of life. A butterfly symbolizes that full love, but our hearts, beating like a butterfly, live so much longer. I find "Is it Love" exquisite, and I answer: Yes. No love is wasted, hurt as it may.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I appreciate your comment, and your prompt was inspirational :)

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  4. Yeah this month is a bunch of commercialized crap, it may be a sort of love the ones that don't last, but I think true love is one you don't even have to question, just few ever find it and settle

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    1. true love is one
      you don't even have to question--
      i like that, nice quotation :)

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  5. The life-line of love is sustained for all that it is worth! For others there is that finality. It is sad for a beautiful specimen to have a short life! Nicely Loredana

    Hank

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  6. hmmm, love and its various shades.................

    Hi, Dear, I donot know why you are unable to follow my blog, really no ides. sorry for this.

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  7. This is so beautiful. What someone said is correct, true love doesn't even hurt. Love actually doesn't hurt, people do. Love is an inspiration to live! :)

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  8. I like the questioning nature of your poem. I do think love should give us roots and give us wings...as the song goes. Beautiful poem and amazingly gorgeous photos!

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  9. Love's eternal question....so sweetly written. Love can be fleeting like your lovely butterfly, especially if it causes pain. But sometimes you can love so much that it hurts. Hugs xo Karen

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  10. What is love? this is very thought provoking and just like the butterfly is beautiful and captures the emotion. Well Done

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  11. good question. I also decry the commercial push. nice pix, too - but not sure if those are Monarchs? I think Monarchs have orange wings with white dots on the edge fringes, and Swallowtails are yellow with stripes. Hope you don't mind ... ~

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    1. Thank you, Michael! I corrected it to Swallowtail :)

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  12. Maybe it's not the love one is looking for to build a lifetime around, but it does help so you can know real love when you find it. At least, that's my thought.

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  13. Infatuation has a butterfly-life but not love....thought provoking lines...and beautiful photos...

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    1. infatuation ... that's a good point. Thank you, Sumana :)

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  14. Love doesn't hurt, hatred hurts, if our love leaves us, or cheats us, it is hatred of their betrayal that hurts, not love, love is only a beautiful feeling.

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    1. Thank you, Kristy, for your insightful comment :)

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  15. Love is too commercialized, I agree ~ Real love takes a lot of work, and lot of patience ~ Lovely pictures too ~

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  16. yes.if it is true love it should not hurt.....if it is unconditional then it won't hurt....you never 'fall' in love..you rise in love....
    incredible poem!

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    1. You rise in love. I like that very much. Thank you for your comment and welcome to my blog :)

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  17. Those of us who have experienced 'true' love are indeed blessed. And you are correct that real love does not hurt! Your stunning butterfly is an American swallowtail, but that doesn't change one bit the beauty of this posting. P. x

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    1. Thank you, Pam! I corrected it to Swallowtail :)

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  18. Yes love is often over-used...but when it hits you, wow do you feel it. And then, you realize its true meaning.

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  19. I Love You . . . heartfelt and honest is pretty cool even when it is painful.

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  20. I must agree... love can be born at first sight; but if it doesn't mature past second glances, it simply isn't love.

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  21. Love is so involved - isn't it and it comes in many forms. I have to agree with Tennyson "Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all..."

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  22. Lovely poem! I think a lot of people mistake infatuation for love. Love is certainly something deeper, and it doesn't hurt!

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  23. you hit on a point I have pondered... the Valentine Day bonanza.. it has lost its meaning in a blast of neon and glitter...

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  24. Loredana,

    You are quite right to suggest that love comes in various sizes!!! I do know that one stands out from the rest:)
    Eileen

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  25. Wonderful photos and your words fit perfectly. Love can hurt too I think, in the pain you feel when loved ones suffer, but maybe that's not the kind of love you meant.

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    1. Thank you, David. Yes, we do feel pain when loved ones suffer. What I meant by "true love doesn't hurt" is the ideal of Love as a virtue, which is always kind and doesn't cause us harm.

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  26. A beautiful poem, Loredana, and a thought-provoking one too.
    I wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  27. LD, you did something to the blog template :( I can't read some of these beautiful lines on my droid. Whatever I could were beautiful.

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    1. Hi Rajesh, sorry you couldn't read it well. The template is the same. I have a droid phone and can see it just fine. Maybe try the desktop version? Thank you for your comment :)

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  28. Beautiful picture of the butterfly.
    As you said the word "Love" has many meanings. It is the way how peoples take and make use of it.

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  29. yes it is,
    love is like that
    life is like that

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  30. I think if you feel it, then it is love. No matter if it is reciprocated or returned in the right way, you still have those feelings. Unrequited love is one of the most heartbreaking things in the world though!

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    1. unrequited love, yes, good point, Tammy ... rejection is painful.

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  31. Loredana, this is great! I love butterflies and the picture is awesome. There is something really magical about Butterflies. "If it hurts and forgets," then it probably felt love. Great Question! Have a great weekend. Chris

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    1. Thank you, Chris. Yes, it's the loss of love that causes pain. But love itself in its purity and beauty does not hurt. Hope you're enjoying the weekend :)

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  32. I agree with Mary - except that, even if love itself doesn't hurt, it carries the risk of pain. E.g. when a loved one is in trouble and you can't hep, or when you lose a love to death or other separation. I'm with Kahlil Gibran, who told us to 'embrace it willingly and joyfully'. nevertheless.

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  33. Loredana I agree love should not hurt....and sometimes love can be fleeting like the butterfly who visited...but it is still love for me.

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    1. Thank you, Donna, what an uplifting comment :)

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  34. Thank you, everyone, for all your unique and different perspectives on love! :)

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  35. Cara Loredana,in mezzo a tante parole dure,perfino l'eccesso della parola amore,a me può sembrare positivo. Le parole più pronunciate in assoluto e le più abusate intorno a me,dai politici ,dagli intellettuali come gente comune,sono le parolacce...i ragazzini si apostrofano tra loro per strada solo con il turpiloquio.Passare qui da te è come rinfrescare l'anima...l'amore può durare un attimo, oppure anche il tempo di due vite che scorrono insieme , in mezzo alle tante ore dei tanti giorni, dove l'incontro, per la forza delle cose ,non c'è e deve essere atteso ed inventato. Per me l'amore è l'incontro che si rinnova di giorno in giorno da 44 anni,nonostante tutti i nonostante...e non mi ha mai fatto male,ma mi ha aiutato a non cedere al male,quando questo si è presentato nelle nostre vite. Un abbraccio grande,ti auguro buona domenica e buona settimana!

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    1. Grazie, cara Rita, per il bel commento e complimenti per 44 anni di matrimonio! Un grande abbraccio, Loredana :)

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  36. I agree with you that the word 'love' is abused ...but I love your poetry on love :-)))

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    1. Thank you, dearest Jane! I'll write more love poems soon. xo

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