The long and the short of love

  • Posted on May 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Love is a long word
made light as like,
and weighty as the world.

It is a four-letter word
illicit as you like,
if spoken as stolen or sold.

Unconditionally rare,
short and light
as a hook on a lifeline.

Long as a memory,
like a surprise
it is never – expected.

Light as the web that it is,
catching tears
like mist in a lonely hour.

Powerful as death
and long as life,
shortened to nothing by … but.

That’s why your love
is what you mean –
and can never be asked for.

2012 © Andie Davidson


See also: Food for love


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