A Single Shared Flame

Love…
…requires two kindred sparks to make a single shared flame. Over time each must fuel the other in some semblance of balance or their fire will flounder.

American clergyman and social reformer Henry Ward Beecher
Lovers-In-Flames-HD-Wallpaper EDIT02Love cannot
endure
indifference.
It needs to
be wanted.
Like a lamp,
it needs
to be fed
out of the oil
of another’s
heart,
or its flame
burns low.

Most Dearly Held

Love…
…forms a sort of single-mindedness within its bearer. All though the day’s waking hours and dreams in the night, one’s beloved becomes the single most thought about, most wished and most dearly held contemplation.

Canadian poet, novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood
mixed-raceI would
like to be
the air
that inhabits
you for a
moment
only.
I would
like to be
that unnoticed
and that
necessary.

Love Is A Flower

Love…
…arrives like spring after a cold winter. It brings hope where there was emptiness. The ground breaks sprouting new growth that was lying in wait for love’s warmth so it could burst open with color.

From “Little Men” by American novelist Louisa May Alcott
spring-flowers 02Love is a flower
that grows
in any soil,
works its
sweet miracles
undaunted by
autumn frost
or winter snow,
blooming fair
and fragrant
all the year,
and blessing
those who give
and those
who receive.

Same Thing At the Same Time

Love…
…has me dreaming about you. Most every night there are moments I share with you while sleep has its grip on me. Some feel very real. I suspect you are dreaming the same thing at the same time I am.

Quote by a writer unknown/anonymous

Dreaming_of_You_by_KaszmanIf the
only place
where I
could see
you was
in my
dreams,
I’d
sleep
forever.

The Oxygen In My Air

Love…
…makes each person a searcher who hopes for a discovery that shines a bright light into his or her heart. When found, the radiance of love is reflected outward onto everything adding more color to life and more joy to living.

From “The Joys of Love” by Madeleine L’Engle
true-lovers-looking-into-eyes-of-each-otherI feel as though
I’m not breathing
when I’m out
of his presence.
He’s the oxygen
in my air,
the sun
in my universe,
the staff
of my life.

From Top to Bottom

Love…
…enriches the soul and powers the heart with a stronger beat. From top to bottom, it hollows out a person to make room for itself. Whether high or low, love brings a depth of feeling known no other way.

American Teacher, Writer and Recovery Leader Karen Casey
_Lovers-in-a-Dangerous-Time-Directed-by-Mark-Hug-and-May-Charters-Truly loving
another means
letting go
of all
expectations.
It means
full
acceptance,
even
celebration
of another’s
personhood.

The Universal Language

Love…
…cares nothing about boundaries that countries claim or the politics of nations. Though the words to express it are different, the power of love is the same in every tongue. It is the universal language.

Old Hindu proverb from the Indian subcontinent
asian-woman-black-man-mirror-couple-kiss-story-topLove
heeds
not caste,
nor sleep
a broken
bed.
I went
in search
of love
and
lost
myself
instead.

Assembled From Every Experience

Love…
…is assembled from every experience a person has ever known bundled up into one way of perception. Had a life not been as it was before one falls in love, chances are that love would not have happened.

Quote by a writer unknown/anonymous
Woman-resting-her-head-on-man-s-shoulder-uid-1283701I feel like
everything
in my life
has led me
to you.
My choices,
my heartbreaks,
my regrets.
Everything.
And when
we’re together,
my past seems
worth it.
Because if
I had done
one thing
differently,
I might never
have met you.

With All That You Are

Love…
…that is given time, heals. Our days apart brought a clear knowing of how much you mean to me. Alone in the quiet within myself, I listened to my heart and it whispered loudly, “you love him still with all that you are”.

Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer Henri Nouwen
daydreaming-daydreaming-31008775-553-694Somewhere
we know
that without
silence,
words
lose their
meaning,
that without
listening,
speaking
no longer
heals,
that without
distance,
closeness
cannot
cure.

Sweetener of Human Existence

Love…
…is never wasted. In spite of what pain and heartache may come, loving and being loved are the most important parts of being alive. Love is the sweetener of human existence.

American spiritual teacher and author Gary Zukav
Ebb-and-Flow-of-Passion-300x201Eventually,
you will
come to
understand
that love
heals
everything,
and love
is all
there is.