General Poetry posted March 10, 2019

This work has reached the exceptional level
It's the greatest gift we can give

What Is Love?

by Kathleen Washnis

Love is patient, love is kind, it's not proud, it does not boast,
Remember these words at your next wedding toast.
It's not self seeking, not easily angered, it keeps no record of your wrongs,
It does not dishonor others, the best way we can get along.

Does cupid really draw back his bow?
An arrow through the heart then love starts to flow?
It's not planned, it just happens, a physical attraction.
You think you can't live without it, it's a welcome distraction.

Will you only express love on Valentine's Day?
You give a heart shaped box of chocolates and then a bouquet?
Perhaps some roses or carnations, red, white and pink,
It's a kind gesture but what will your loved one think?

For love is truly a matter of the heart,
If it's only a formality then it will depart.
It can't be bought, it's given free,
But the cost is great, your emotions you see.

Many confuse love and lust,
Both can be felt but only one will not rust.
For true love is unconditional,
It can't be earned, are you getting the principle?

Love runs deep, emotions of the heart,
You express it in gifts but true love won't depart.
If you intend to give me a diamond ring,
In order to accept it, then true love you must bring.

For in the end, what will it matter?
If you have cars, homes and jewelry that flatters?
When you're on your death bed, will you ask to count your pennies?
Or rather have a loved one hold your hand,
As you enter into the land of good and plenty.

Love is the greatest gift you can give,
It's the best reason we've been able to live.
So let's love one another with a pure heart,
It's time we made a brand new start.

Love Poem Poetry Contest contest entry


John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Please note, above first paragraph is referenced from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

Artwork by willie at

Save to Bookcase Promote This Share or Bookmark
Print It View Reviews

You need to login or register to write reviews. It's quick! We only ask four questions to new members.

© Copyright 2022. Kathleen Washnis All rights reserved.
Kathleen Washnis has granted, its affiliates and its syndicates non-exclusive rights to display this work.