Self Improvement Poetry posted October 15, 2017

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How do you measure love?

A Better Question

by Poetic Friend

The curtain falls.
The lights dim.
The applause soars.
My, what a performance!
Your ego heightens,
for the audience adores you.
Will they love you
when the hype withers?

A better question--
Will you love yourself?

Romance poisoned you.
In your eyes,
you've done your best--
relinquishing character
for the betterment of others.
Yet, you were bitten
by partners so venomous...
amazing, that you could survive.
Now, you ask,
"Why did love fail me,
for I've loved them each
more than myself?"

A better question--
Did you ever love yourself?

You completed college,
landing the dream job
and a house by the lake.
By your standards,
satisfaction should reign.
You've achieved societal validation.
Yet, emptiness stalks,
and now you're asking,
"Why doesn't life love me?"

A better question--
Why don't you love your life?

Your face and body--
to die for--
or so you've been told.
Yet, you're a fugitive
in your own skin,
running from maturity;
afraid aging may find you
and blemish your looks.
You're fearful your capture
would leave you asking,
"Who would love my exterior?"

A better question--
Do you love your interior?

You're reading this poem,
weighing its value.
You might be wondering,
does it apply to your life?

A better question--
How do you measure love?


I know this poem is rather long, but I hope the reader finds it worthwhile. I rarely write long poems.

The "you" is used just for poetic effect. The "you" is not directly referring to the reader. There may be a reader that feels the poem (or portions thereof) applies/apply to him or her.

Thank you If you read the poem in its entirety. A double thank you if you chose to review the poem.
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