An Ode to Love

An Ode to Love
by Brian Shivers
2/14/17

Love is not accidental.
Love is not manufactured.
Love is not something one stumbles into.
Love is not a surprise.

Love is
a strange series of decisions
both big and small -
        to listen,
          to stay,
            to linger,
         to wait,
        to learn,
            to discover,
         to wonder,
                to wander,
        to win,
          to fail,
            to try again,
           to be with -
stacked
one
upon another,
upon another,
upon another.

Love is discovery.
Love is in spite of.
Love is because of.
Love is surprise.

Love is
a courageous
decisive act
every
single
day.

Love is
the beautiful
mysterious journey
into the depths of self
to find
love
itself.

Love
is.

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