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True Love - Poem by Curtisj Johnson

True Love
By Curtis Johnson

The English language does not serve up justice to the word ‘Love’.
It allows for an unrestricted usage relative to the object of our affection. “I love my house, and I love my car; I love my dog, and I love my cat”.

If the equity in my house rises high enough, I will sell it and buy a better one. If my car no longer performs or I desire to have a new one, I’ll sell or trade it. My dog stands by me, and he’s my best friend. My cat is quiet and very comforting.

“I love my teachers, and I love my preachers: I love my parents and my siblings too”. I love my job, and I love my blue suede shoes; I love my friends and my enemies too”. I tell you, there is no end to the things that I love without much distinction.

I love my husband; I love my wife; Now hold on! This is where the red flag must fall. This is where the defining line of true love is drawn in the sand, and here, I take my stand. There are obviously hidden meanings when it comes to “Loving” in the English language.

Why did the English not confer more with the Greeks in matters of the “Love Word”? Would my wife not be much more appreciative of a “Love Word” from me if she knew that my choice of words was different from, let’s say those used to describe my affinity for a professional football team? I think yes.

Anyway, I do “LOVE” my wife far more and far longer than I ‘love’ the raise I received on my job. English is the only language I know. So I am stuck with loving the coffee she made for me, and LOVING her with the same word.

The Greeks seemed to have had a better idea. In the Greek, there are at least three words for “Love”. Those words are very relevant at this point. Phileo, Eros, and Agape express three distinct meanings of “Love”. Phileo love is a brotherly love from which we get the English word Philadelphia. Eros is a romantic love from which we get the word Erotic. In Christian theology, Agape is the divine love, or God’s love for mankind.

And now a final word, especially to all of us who are married. Here is one way to clear everything up and cover all the bases of love. Herein lies a way to not just hit a home run, but a grand slam.
Say these words to your spouse: “Honey, let me count the ways that I love thee; my dear, believe me when I say, I love thee in the English, and I love thee in the Greek; I Phileo you, because you are my best friend; I Eros you, because you are my only lover; and I Agape you with a love so divine”.09292015cj

Comments about True Love by Curtisj Johnson

  • Gold Star - 4,596 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (9/29/2015 11:26:00 PM)

    Quite informative as well as educative for many of us. Excellently elaborated. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,203 Points Muhammad Imtiyaz (9/29/2015 10:23:00 PM)

    excellent....I like it (Report) Reply

    Silver Star - 3,390 Points Curtis Johnson (9/29/2015 10:41:00 PM)

    Thank you Muhammad. Appreciate your compliment

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Poems About Love

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  3. 253. Love Me , Sangeeta Menon
  4. 254. And You Say You Don’t Love Me. , Obed Akuma
  5. 255. Love Brings , Garrett Nakai
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  11. 261. Fundamental Of Liar Chapter Cxli: The Wi.. , maria sudibyo
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  13. 263. Love Poetry (Poems) , Bijay Kant Dubey
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  15. 265. Love Is A Pretty Teacher , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  16. 266. True And Pure Love Only , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  17. 267. My Love, Will You Be Mine! , C. P. Sharma
  18. 268. Love Of God (Allah) , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  19. 269. LOVE OF GOD (ALLAH) حب الله , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  20. 270. Only God's Pretty Love Lasts (حب الله هو.. , MOHAMMAD SKATI
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  22. 272. Love, The Invader , Ali Rahimi
  23. 273. Ecumenism , Justin Reamer
  24. 274. Row-Row! Row Your Love Boat! Ha-Ha! Merr.. , Harindhar Reddy
  26. 276. Permanent Love , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  27. 277. All I Need Is........ , Edward Kofi Louis
  28. 278. We Agree On Love (Love Song) : , Kim Robin Edwards
  29. 279. Man And Woman , Charles Hice
  30. 280. Only Love Will Be , Rohit Sapra
  31. 281. That Blue Sea , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  33. 283. I Love , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  34. 284. Love Is Everything , gajanan mishra
  35. 285. Love Is Not Unconditional , AaI Harvey
  36. 286. Love Is... , Dr. Yogesh Sharma
  37. 287. I Love It I Love You , gajanan mishra
  38. 288. 01 Volume 1 A Short Poems , Saiom Shriver
  39. 289. 01 Volume 1 B Short Poems , Saiom Shriver
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  41. 291. - There Isn'T Impossible In Dreams & Love- , Ali Sabry
  42. 292. Love , Francis Duggan
  43. 293. I Will Pray , Randy McClave
  44. 294. Nature Is Full Of Cuts , Is It Poetry
  45. 295. United For Ever And Ever , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  46. 296. I Miss A Pretty Love , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  47. 297. (((Love))) , Dwi utami
  48. 298. No Tainted Love , Ali Rahimi
  49. 299. Love Is Strangely True! , Dr John Celes
  50. 300. About A Girl's Divine Beauty , Ricardo Antunes
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