What Is Love? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” Mary Oliver

What Is Love?

What is love,
merely an electricity, 
a heady overstimulation of
touch, a voracious lusty
coupling, or is it the meeting
of like minds, a copulation of 
thoughts and imaginations,
or is it the pleasure of being 
held, being acknowledged,
yes, it is all of that, but surely 
love, real love, is the feeling 
we have when we know 
someone really wants to be
with us as we are, the rest is 
icing on an already glorious cake.


Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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38 responses to “What Is Love? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A beautiful poem, Paul, and a very astute observation! How many women have fallen into the trap of falling for a “bad boy” with the idea of reforming him? I am not sure whether men also do this. 🙂

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  2. Yes, forget love’s never having to say you’re sorry. Love is accepting completely. Lovely poem.

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  3. Love is everything … love is the drug… there ain’t no cure for ..

    Where Is Love?

    Behind every word
    There is a thought
    Between every thought
    There is an emotion
    Underneath the emotion
    There is a heartbeat
    Below the heartbeat
    There is a soul
    Within the soul
    There lives love

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  4. All of the above hopefully💕

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. The power of this love cannot be underestimated:

    “love, real love, is the feeling
    we have when we know
    someone really wants to be
    with us as we are.”

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  6. Gorgeous reflective thoughts and so beautifully written in your poem Paul. Happy Valentines Day my friend. 💖

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  7. A romantic realist. You could teach a course on loving in the real world.

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  8. I see that question and I instantly think “Baby don’t hurt me, no more!”

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  10. Yes! Wonderfully stated.

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  12. lync56

    Beautifully written – 100% true

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