What Love is Not. {Poem}

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Love is not.

Love is not the first sight.
It is not the first “Hello.”
It is not the butterflies in your gut
or the fluttering feeling in your heart.
Love is not first kisses
or romantic nights
spent under the moon
swooned by voices
of newborn conversations.

Love is not the first touch,
the graze against your arm
sending chills down your spine.
It is not the new lyrics
that pour from the speaker box.
It is not the first morning after,
the tangled sheets or
breakfast in bed.
Nor the lingering scent of new cologne.

Love is the finger that traces your laugh lines.
It is the half pot
of coffee left on the warmer.
The shared wine while the child sleeps.
The morning drive holding hands to the market.
It is sweatpants and takeout on a lazy night.
Love is the challenge of broken spirits
and dirty dishes.
Love is the last saved bite.

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author: Amanda Rowe

Image: LunaBlueRose1617/Deviantart

Editor: Catherine Monkman

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Amanda Rowe

When not out exploring the beauty and magic of the Western North Carolina mountains with her daughter, Amanda Rowe is often found living by the words of Elsie De Wolfe: “I am going to make everything around me beautiful—that will be my life.” Coming from a long line of painters, writers and musicians, it is deeply embedded in her roots to create. She embraces all artistic outlets, though writing has always been an unspoken passion for her. You will often find her works hidden away in sketchbooks or tucked inside shoeboxes. She finds herself inspired by the writings of artists such as Gregory Tyler Knott, Rupi Kaur, and Victoria Erickson. Amanda strives to live a simple yet meaningful life, surrounded by beauty that will only further rouse her to do what she was born to do—inspire and be inspired.

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