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A Few Words About Love
by Richard Lee King

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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I like to save quotes or lines from songs, movies or TV programs that "hit home" with me. The other day, I was sorting through some of those lines and this poem was the result.

Denny Crain from Boston Legal
was a character I never much admired.
Though he had his moments,
he never left me feeling inspired.
But he said, “It’s better to want,
something you can’t have,
than to have something
you don’t want.
There’s wisdom in those words
beyond any I could muster.
Your lover’s most precious asset
is if you can always trust her.
Add love to the equation
and things get real complicated,
but love’s over all importance,
just can’t be overstated.
On Gray’s Anatomy they said,
“Living with a woman
who can’t love you back
is way lonelier than living alone.”
I don’t know who spoke the line,
and wouldn’t say that I agree
but living a lonely life
has also been a part of me.
“Every year, I get a little more selective
and a lot less desirable .”
Two qualities that I think make
finding love much less viable. 
Golden Earring sang a song,
Twilight Zone, by name.
The most repeated line,
“When the bullet hits the bone.”
I didn’t memorize the song
and I couldn’t speak to it’s meaning,
but when the bullet hits the bone,
love’s the way I’m leaning.
In The Horse Whisperer
Robert Redford said,
“I didn’t love her because it was right,
I just loved her.” 
It’s wasn’t something he controlled,
but for him, it was a fact.
It was more about what he was
than about what he may have lacked. 
In Adaption,
Nicolas Cage, as Donald Kaufman said,
“You are what you love,
not what loves you.”
Again it’s not about control,
maybe more about being controlled
Love is but a virtue
about which to be extolled.
I can’t say I know the meaning
of all these fantastic quotes,
but when it’s all said and done,
she still "Floats my boat."
As my daddy used to say,
and I’m now quoting him.
“If you want the fruit, sometimes
you’ve got to go out on a limb.”
© Copyright 2010 Richard Lee King  Author of: A Pursuit of Life & The Price of Freedom

"My limb has been bearing a lot of fruit lately."

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 11/2/2010
I like Denny's line the best. I like this a lot, simple and wise. Patrick
Reviewed by Judith Ann (Reader) 10/29/2010
As an outsider looking in I can see that these thought provoking words are true. But for my two sons who both lost women that they loved but who couldn't love them back, it might be a tad harder to convince that they were lonelier then. Maybe not...I'll have them read this and see what their reaction is. Very well written.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 10/28/2010
there is much truth here-i like it!
Reviewed by Susan Bergeron 10/28/2010
nice read...thanks Sue
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/28/2010
defiantely lots to think about with such quotes and words of wisdom...fee
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 10/28/2010
This is super cute and fun to read!
I would even call it profound.
Best Wishes,
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 10/28/2010
I love your second verse Richard, so much to it. Great writing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Dayvid Graybill 10/28/2010
“Living with a woman
who can’t love you back
is way lonelier than living alone.”

I can vouch for this Dick! 32 years with my ex and I was so lonely my soul just dried up! 2 years later, and by myself, I was alone and filled with goodness!

Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/28/2010
Very well done, Richard.
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