This poem was written in 1985, while in the midst of the death throes of my first marriage.
Love is like a flower; with proper nurturing it blooms and flourishes as each day passes.
Yet, if it is neglected, in a moment's time it soon withers and dies.
To hold love, you must treat it as a rare and tender flower, nurturing it with the utmost patience and care.
To keep it vibrant and alive it takes many long hours of continuous effort and constant attention.
To lose it takes only a moment of of forgetfulness, disinterest and mistrust.
To sow the seeds of love is as wonderful as sowing the seeds of magnificent garden, and watching them flourish and grow is a marvel in itself.
To sow the seeds of love only to watch them wither and choke, like a garden that's become full of weeds, is a crime of the heart that none should commit.
Love can last an eternity, like the gardens of a forbidden tropical paradise, yet, in an instant, it can be destroyed by a hurricane of hate, in a sea of bitterness and despair.
©1985 Lloydene Fay Hill
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|Reviewed by Michelle Schaeffer
|I don't agree that love can ever turn too hate. I believe love is a choice our hearts make. People change..people fail..walk away or even die. But Love? Love is unchanging .. true love, ~ unconditional. It cannot die but stays enbedding in our core like a flower pressed in a book. Just open too that page anytime you want and remember:-)|
|Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
|and...DIE from resentment! Resenting someone you love so deeply that holds you back, or won't be honest! Much is said here and is TRUE! It takes TWO! Love your heart and reality-filled Poem Lloydene!
Warm Hugs and Blessings, Warrior Passionate Soulful SHEE
|Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper
|Love can be like a flower, but like CJ HECK said, "both parties must be on the same page." It takes two loving, dedicated partners to keep a relationship workable. The bubbly feeling of love sort of settles down after a while, then the hard core task of two people living together takes over, and too often one or both aren't willing to make the concessions necessary to keep the relationship a livable one. Thus, that brings the "bitterness and despair."|
|Reviewed by Milton Handfield
|Well compiled. The words are true.
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
|I would end this poem at line NINE. That was what I did when I read it for the second time. On the third time if gave me its true power closing it at THE NINTH LINE.
I have enjoyed the reading of "Love is Like a Flower".
I salute You, Poet.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Reviewed by CJ Heck
|Well said, Lloydene! But, (and it's a big but), both parties must be on the same page for it to work and that's a rare thing. If and when we find it, it's a beautiful thing indeed.
|Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath
"Love is Like a Flower"
It truly is like a flower.
My motto~"treat each and every love like it's a last love"
Love is to be treasured.
Beautiful words thank you for sharing.
Author, Gwendolyn A. thomas Gath
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