What is Love?

What is love
in the absence of romance?

It is a double-edged sword –
harmonious and harmful.

It is as pure as a mother’s love
for her newborn child,
and as punishing when combined with
narcissism and guilt.

A child’s love for her father
is naïve and unfounded,
and it sours through years of
criticism, violence and betrayal.

My barbed wire heart entwines
in lust and romance.
Relationships destined for heartache.
Misguided love fuelled by fear and insecurity.

Friendship is the honest emotion of love.
The comfort of your trust and respect,
an infinite love of soul mates.
This love is joyous, it finds us and it grounds us.

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