Love is…

love is not an event
but a process;
built up
over time;
bit by bit,
moment by moment,
memory by memory;
by smiles
and tears,
by mistakes
and forgiveness,
by apologies
and understanding.

love is not a structure,
but an experience
that grows
and changes;
developing,
stagnating,
or devolving,depending
on the attention
and nourishment
it receives.

love is not knowing
but unending learning;
constant discovery
and rediscovery;
an ever-new treasure
continually revealed.

love is not an agreement
but an adventure;
a safari
into the mysterious,
dark
unknown;
no guides,
no guarantees,
potential danger,
at times quite thrilling
and other times,
downright confusing.

love is not a flower
that blooms for a day
and is gone;
when it is real
and true
it lasts
for a lifetime
and beyond.

December 2015
Deborah Beach Giordano

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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