At Times Love Has Visited Me Poem by Gert Strydom

At Times Love Has Visited Me

Rating: 2.5

At times love has visited me
and left, left me
and has gone away.
It has gone to different shores,
leaving hurt, sadness
and the want for somebody
to be steady with

and every time like a fool, I am caught
in the snares that love sets,
believing in its charm, believing
that it really exists

as something more than mere passion,
as something greater
than all wants and needs
and the hope keeps alive
flickering like a candle in my heart,
for a real relationship to start.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: love
Kim Barney 13 December 2016

Very nice poem about love, Gert! Congrats on poem of the day!

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Bernard F. Asuncion 13 December 2016

It reminds me of the song IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL popularized by CHICAGO..... Congrats, Gert, on being selected.......

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Glen Kappy 13 December 2016

gert, first time reading one of yours. i like the simplicity and directness of this poem. do you distinguish between love and infatuation? is love a feeling or a choice for you? have you experienced in a long-term relationship that infatuation (it is a delightful feeling) can be rekindled? we do need love; it's one of the basic food groups; it transforms our perspective and sustain us through a whole lot of the negative. are you familiar with laurie van der hart's poems? she comes from your part of the world; perhaps you'll enjoy reading her. glen kappy p.s. i think ravi a's comments below are wise. did you know that the greek language has four words for love? as i remember them they are eros, phileo, storge, and agape- this last being the unconditional type. g.k.

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Ravi A 13 December 2016

Love in this world is often conditional and not unconditional. This is the difficulty. We often expect love to happen but it won't. We are experimenting with love in various ways. Such experiments won't yield any result. Can we approach life and people with unconditional love? This is the basic issue. In that case, even if the world may desert you, even if your lover may leave you, you won't get hurt and mentally bruised. Moreover, our unconditional love will be always heard and won't be lost also. We haven't tried out this technique. We are expecting too much in the reciprocation of love. That is also conditional.

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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 13 December 2016

Great expressions in the poem and likes.

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Akhtar Jawad 04 April 2018

hope keeps alive flickering like a candle in my heart, for a real relationship to start. That's positive.

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Bri Edwards 03 January 2018

somebody steady is a goal to strive for heartily. OR give up ever finding! ! ** i wonder if the poem is you or just your imagination. a good one in any case. a very good one. to MyPoemList. bri ;) ** but sometimes what you aren't actively seeking turns up miraculously and you may find happiness! !

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Seamus O Brian 13 December 2016

A finely written piece. I agree with the terms honest, direct, and open. A painfully honest evaluation of the vulnerability we allow in the hopes of gaining a lasting love. An exercise so often ending in pain and regret. To turn such pain and darkness into the beauty of art is the blessing and curse of the poet. Well done, good poet.

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Elena Sandu 13 December 2016

Congratulations Gert, am so glad to see your penning again, it deserves to be on the first page. Great food for thought. You speak so well of the hunger (for holding hands and hugs) of our flesh and blood, wonder if we may manage to ignore it and also lower our expectations might it be possible to celebrate a different sort of love, inclusive, limitless, eternal?

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Jayatissa K. Liyanage 13 December 2016

as something more than mere passion, as something greater, than all wants and needs....................................., for a real relationship to start. Seems a most Romeos experience, by and large. Nice write and congrats for being the member's PoD.

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Gert Strydom

Gert Strydom

Johannesburg, South Africa
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