In Honor of Valentine’s Day


LOVE IS A LIFETIME

 

Young people don’t know

What love is.

They think they know

But what they see is passion, or the shadow of love

Or the promise of love.

 

Passion is a pinch of black powder set off with a match.

It’s there and it’s gone.

It doesn’t depend on anything but a chemical interaction.

Oxygen, fuel…and heat.

 

And young people see the shadow of love all around them.

In movies, in their parents, and in fables.

It’s a framework, an image of something they can’t understand

Because they haven’t been there.

 

Love is a promise in their minds, a possibility.

Something to hope for, but something they don’t really understand.

 

Because love is a lifetime.

It’s early morning risings with a sick child.

It’s pledges, and arguments, and making up time and time again.

It’s learning to live with a stranger and making that stranger into your soulmate.

It’s bills, and tears. It’s hopes and fears. It’s challenges and years.

It’s more than passion.

Passion is a flame. Love is a cathedral.

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