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Love Is A Decision

Love is not based on a feeling only
There must also be a clear decision
Passionate feelings may die off early
Showing it was just infatuation

One should not need another as a crutch
But be able to stand on one's feet
This will allow each other space as such
And enrichen the sharing when both meet

A love relationship has its demands
It does not ensure smooth sailing always
Be mindful of this in each circumstance
And it will help you survive the rough days

The one that you love should be your best friend
Someone with whom you can share everything
A person upon whom you can depend
In situations that can be trying

As time passes, both of you will change
For change is inevitable in life
Do not consider this as something strange
Learn to adjust and avoid any strife

True love is the most precious emotion
That a person can engage in sharing
It fills the heart with blissful elation
Giving one's life a rich sense of meaning

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Posted: Sep 2015
About this poem:
"Love is a decision, it is a judgement, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgement and decision."

- Erich Fromm - (The Art of Loving)

“But let there be spaces in your togetherness. And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

Kahlil Gibran – (The Prophet)

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godsprincessonline today!
I have always looked at love as a equal partnership. Each helping each other out in good times and bad times. Your best friend - closest friend. However, I have not experienced such a relationship have to knowledge of that true love or otherwise.

Thanks for sharing Socrates.

Kathy angel wave
I agree with Kathy, that a real relationship is between two equals....sadly, I have always realised too late, that I had an uneven/one sided relationship....
Maybe standing back and observing has caused me to walk away from relationships recently, when I realised I needed the equal and would not settle for anything less.....great thought provoking poetry Socrates....I enjoyed it very much.....teddybear
socrates44online today!
Kathy (godsprincess)
Thanks for your comment.
Hope that you do experience
such a relationship.
All the best!
socrates44online today!
Thanks for your kind comment.
Take Care!
socrates44online today!
Kathy (niah)
Nice to hear from you.
Thanks for your sharing your experience.
Glad you enjoyed the piece.
I enjoyed this poem very much socrates44
There is much wisdom here...this is a great description of true love and real companionship to glad I saw it and now others will too
Thank you for sharing it wave
A lot of firsts for me this evening.....first time i have posted a comment.......

This is the sort of work that should be taught in class at schools around the globe

godsprincessonline today!
A poem for Valentine's week of what true love is. Thank you Socrates.

Kathy teddybear
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