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by Chip Bergeron

Tuesday, January 03, 2012
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The writer's group I belongn to is putting together a book on the subject "Love or Anti-Love" for Valentine's Day. Here is my humble, contrarian effort.



Let’s talk about love.

Why not? Everybody does:

Poets, songwriters, clergyman,

Even a scientist or two.

The word is on everyone’s lips.

But what of it?


Talk is cheap.

So say the cynics, and love,

Poor virtue, seems to be

Much more talked about

Than practiced,

Or perhaps mislabeled.


I don’t pretend to know love,

Human love, in its purest form.

Uncorrupted by self interest,

Or lust, easier to identify

Sometimes by its absence..

It can be counterfeited.


What I do know of love,

Or maybe think I know

Is that it is evanescent

Far more often than obvious

And rarer than I’d like to think

Though much commoner

Than I give it credit for.


I also know

That love is absolutely essential

For human life,

That it must be given away

To be received

That the model for love

Is divine, and I can only hope

My puny efforts at imitating same

Are enough.


Chip Bergeron

1 January 2012


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/22/2012
I think there are many "kinds" of "love..." ...many levels. I agree with you that love is essential; like sun and rain are to flowers. Thank you, Chip. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Richard King 1/15/2012
Your puny efforts? I doubt Susan considered them puny. Iíve read lots of your reviews of her work and they always closed with your " the poet..." line. Saying it doesn't necessarily make it so, but it's been my experience that seldom do those who don't "feel" it say it and those who do feel it generally say it quite often. I also believe, as you say, "... it must be given away....To be received..."

I have experienced your loss and itís damn hard to recover from. Each day is another day. Then there is another and another, but its really great that you keep on keeping on the way you have. I feel certain she would have wanted that and I feel certain that she felt she had "received" your love.... it showed in her writing. Hang in there, buddy. Dick
Reviewed by Axilea MU 1/14/2012
Very nice. I like the sincerity, the warm colloquial tone.

Reviewed by Tom Hyland 1/4/2012
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/3/2012
Evanescent? No sir.
Not the love that I think you imply
When the love of your life has been taken from you
It is not the love that has vanished
You know love
Imitation is not in your vocabulary.

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