These are the last few stanzas of the first poem in my chapbook, Journeys in Love.
Love isn’t pushing someone out of the way of sorrow and pain
but standing by their side and sharing their woes and
the multiple injuries they endure,
tending to their wounds and helping them heal.
Love never involves retaliation but understanding;
a soft word, gentle and true.
Love is being approachable in every situation,
it is a patient and listening ear
eager to hear.
Love is irreplaceable,
feelings come along with love, but love, not a feeling itself.
But what it is, a commitment
a vow to never neglect,
to always be present, despite the aches, disagreements,
degrees of turmoil and despair life bring.
True love lasts forever
and will never fail.