Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Day 9: Love


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When I thought about today's prompt so many things came to mind to write about that it was almost overwhelming. I could pick the Pepé Le Pew type or Shakespeare's or rom-coms and love songs.

Instead, I remembered the Love Is... comics I used to read as a child. Every day in the paper there was a different idea of what love was. Do you remember? I even had a transistor radio (there's a blast from the past) shaped like the couple holding hands. I loved the silly thing!


What those comics taught me, though, is that love has many different facets. Its not just one thing. There's romantic/passionate love, which is the most common one we think of, but there's also platonic, familial, charitable (think compassion; love for strangers/animals/etc), and self-love (think self-esteem and confidence). And that's just the main ones. Each one is unique unto itself and comes with its own set of rules and boundaries, and even consequences.

But what is love?

Shakespeare wrote that it was about acceptance and not changing each other, that it lasts to "the edge of doom", or death, and that it's still there even through the storms and hard times. Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote that not only was it ethereal but in the everyday things. Pablo Neruda says that it is neither I nor you but that we are one. But I think love is indefinable. I believe that it is whatever it needs to be for each person and each relationship. I believe you can love many people and many things and that to limit your love is the greatest tragedy you can experience.

We exult in it when it's new. We absorb it and get comfortable in it after we've been in it for some time. We mourn its loss and the loss of those we love.

So many different ways to write about love and what it is. The Poetry Foundation even has a section about it. What is love to you?

Explore love today. It's all we need, right?

No suggested form. Why force love into it? ;-)


Word Prompts:

infatuation
romance
affection
friendship
devotion
cherish
delight

Alternately:

indifference
infidelity
impartiality
cold-hearted


Visual Prompts:


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Image result for love is like the wind you can't see it but you can feel it


Remember, our prompts are only suggestions. You can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.


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47 comments:

  1. love, love, love <3
    https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/day-9-love/

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    1. Lovely. You penned those emotions beautifully. :)

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  2. We'll be married forty-five years next January. Love is different now. https://arhtisticlicense.com/2018/10/08/octpowrimo-day-8-married-forty-five-years/

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    1. That is one sweetest posts I have read today.Loved the way you expressed the reality of love. The ending is perfect :)

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  3. Well, I was lost for words... There is so much to say but tongue tied.Not easy to express certain emotions.

    Day-9

    https://musingssurvive.blogspot.com/2018/10/love-is-moment.html

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  4. Mine is far more Curmudgeons 4 Lyfe than Twoo Wuv 4 Eva, so keep that in mind.
    Not a Damn Rom-Com

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    1. Now I have a number of snippets of songs in my head! I love the SciFi, pop culture and more associations your poem brought me.

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    2. Wow! That is one awesome poem, Cara :)

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  5. here is my take for love cherished
    https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/cherished-moments/

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  6. The prompt took me in an unexpected, political direction. I've learned something from writing this poem and creating its illustration. https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/trumped/

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    1. Angela Nice illustrations and the poem is thought provoking.

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  7. Today’s poem is dedicated to my Dad...

    https://peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/dazzling-dad/

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    1. This one choked me with emotions which I cannot express. Such a beautiful write. I lost my dad some 34 years ago and I miss him everyday.

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  8. What is Love?

    This is something I came up with after seeing and observing a lot of the love stories around.

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  9. Not a single poem can express this feeling. But here is one of them
    "What is love - that's love"

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  10. My contribution:

    https://pegasusonline.blog/2018/10/09/you/

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  11. Here's my submission:

    <a href = "https://wordswithannie.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/emotion-re-defined/”>emotion: re-defined</a>

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    1. Apparently the link does not work... oh well. Sorry about that! Here's the link again:

      https://wordswithannie.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/emotion-re-defined/

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  12. Hello! Here is my link for Love

    https://poetryforhealing.com/2018/10/09/wounded/

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    1. Love the ‘Your head is lit by the moon’ line. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. This one was fun and easy to write. Hope you enjoy it:
    http://tao-talk.com/2018/10/09/day-9-love-bird/

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    1. Wow! Such a graceful poem. I love the form. I haven't tried that one yet but you've inspired me.

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  14. http://castingsuspicion.blogspot.com/2018/10/love-is_14.html

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  15. https://rhscribbles.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/day-9-love-octpowrimo-2018/

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  16. My Poem about Love! Did not know I had anything to say about it..

    Questioning Love @ Namysaysso

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  17. A small acrostic:

    http://biancasbookblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-2018-day-9-love.html

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  18. https://barbarahuntington.com/2018/10/09/octpowrimo-2018-day-9-love-is-quiet/

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  19. Here's my entry for today -

    http://iscriblr.com/into-the-valley-of-love/

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  20. TRUE LOVE
    love is giving
    love is forgiving
    love is sharing
    love is sacrificing

    love is living even after the breath stops...sr

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  21. Well, this is actually pretty damn positive, given my doom and gloom tendencies. With a twist, of course, but overall...

    Title: "Body Snatcher"
    https://spiralartist.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/body-snatcher-day-nine-love/

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  22. “Thoughts On Love” https://leonaslines.com/2018/10/09/thoughts-on-love/

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  23. https://missdragonlady.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-day-9-love.html

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  24. Here's my take.
    https://paeansunpluggedblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/love-is/

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  25. I was not going to write about love, so I sort of didn't. My poem:
    https://wordpress.com/post/odhranwrites.wordpress.com/1049

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  26. My first Haiku of the month. Enjoy.

    Love

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  27. And with this post - my day 9 offering - I can loosen the laces

    https://thewabisabiwriter.blogspot.com/2018/10/my-dark-garden.html

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  28. https://www.nutatut.com/octpowrimo-day-9-love-poem/

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  29. http://hittingthemark-jones.blogspot.com/2018/10/love-is-sky.html

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  30. Finally got my day 9 poem up!

    http://lunaticpoet.com/octpowrimo-day-9-love/

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  31. https://mandibelle16.wordpress.com/2018/10/13/octpowrimo-day-9-tale-weavers-saturday-mix-poem-lunes-roaring-lies-amwritingpoetry-taleweavers/

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  32. Combined prompts into this one piece. Hope that is okay! https://theresaly520.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/shape-poem-my-first-love/

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