I Wonder – A Love Poem for Valentine’s Day

iStock_000024447619XSmallI Wonder

I wonder what would happen if
I treated everyone like I was in love
with them, whether I like them or not
and whether they respond or not and no matter
what they say or do to me and even if I see
things in them which are ugly twisted petty
cruel vain deceitful indifferent, just accept
all that and turn my attention to some small
weak tender hidden part and keep my eyes on
that until it shines like a beam of light
like a bonfire I can warm my hands by and trust
it to burn away all the waste which is not
never was my business to meddle with.

– Derek Tasker

19 thoughts on “I Wonder – A Love Poem for Valentine’s Day

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  2. Loved the post. Why can we not just all do this? How liberating. I sometimes think that if I were in my last days (some terminal disease) that I would love to be kind to the people who annoy me. As it is, I am pretty successful at avoiding them in my (not yet) terminal disease state. Wish to fix this!

    Of course there is human nature, and we have all fought personally and politically and gone to war for ages. Love and War is such an old theme in history and literature. I feel that I have been out of the personal war with my husband for so long, but is the present really great stuff a result of previous battles very hard fought? I wonder if we need to respect more the tremendous struggle it is, and maybe the โ€œwarโ€ we have to go through in order to trust and love one another?


    • I think the “war” aspect you mention is a metaphor for the commitment to get in there and work things out, though some couples’ wars are bloody and just result in damage as opposed to building trust and love.

      No marriage will thrive without the investment of considerable energy.
      And every marriage will give us plenty of opportunity to love someone who can annoy us. ๐Ÿ™‚


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