Love Is Highly Overrated

 

They say love is highly overrated:

As national pastimes go, a total waste.

Think of everyone you've ever dated

Without an excessive sense of distaste.

Yes, look at the long parade of losers,

Psychopaths, loonies, abusers and freaks,

Maniacs, gamblers, depressives, boozers,

Sex addicts, married folk and charmless geeks.

You might be persuaded love is indeed

A hopeless endeavor for hapless fools

Driven by predetermined mindless need.

You might, however, again, you might not.

In every case life's lessons you have learned

From painful burns when the stove was too hot

To nausea as your poor stomach turned

Looping the loop on a carnival ride

Certain things simply must be avoided.

"Once burned, twice wary," is our usual guide.

Yet though we vow to forswear what we did -

"Never again!" to be fooled by our hearts

We catch ourselves plunging down that slick slope

Into the drama to replay our part.

Mama done told us we'd sing like a dope

The blues in the night, but did we listen?

Nope.

Because when that nightingale sings your song

Your head whirling in cascading joy

On earth you're feeling you finally belong

Because of this most special girl or boy,

For what would you trade this perfect feeling?

Though you know the fall could come any time

You feel that nothing is more appealing

Than being in love. So. Are you stupid?

A walking target, hopelessly romantic

Constant defenseless victim of Cupid?

Nope.

You do it on purpose! Oh, yes you do!

Deliberately you put on blinders to hide

What you intend to subject yourself to.

Remembering your suffering you still decide

On a nauseating carnival ride review.

Although you say it is something you hate

You really do love this feeling called, "love."

So go ahead, go out on your date.

What? Do you need me to give you a shove?

This poem requested by Nazishnasim.

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Comments 47 comments

LAmatadora 7 years ago

I loved it Tom. I absolutely loved it. And call me crazy but I have been through the ringer..and I have experienced love, and lust and infatuation. I am still a "romantic" at heart and beleive in love. I know there is always someone out there.....in the vast open sea of LOVE

But don't get me wrong, I have been through all kinds of weirdos too..so I know there are more MR Wrongs than MR Rights...


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

Angry but nice hub.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

So, what are you waiting for, LAmatadora? GET OUT THERE. LOL

Not angry, Shamelabboush. That's me being a nice guy.


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SoulaBee 7 years ago from United States

LOL! How true. And no, I don't need a shove. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, shameless succer that I am.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

You go girl!


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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

More often than not,we are going to experience our and other's preconcieved notion's of what love is,based on either our or their experience's and those of all of our friends and relatives.

L ife

O f

V itality

E volves


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

You know, Someone, I've never had somebody comment on a poem with an acronym before. It's kinda special.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

My motto, for the rest of my new life, is to "love often."


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I have such a tremondous effect on people :0)


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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

must be that LOVELY smile in your profile pic lol


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

ha ha ha


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

Oh ya, I forgot to say, thank god your normal face is back!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Frieda wants the angry face back LOL


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Clever, witty, and very funny. Thanks for a nauseating carnival ride review!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Ha ha. Thanks for taking time off from writing MASTERPIECES to read my verse!


badcompany99 7 years ago

Lol loved it !


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Captain!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

Rose tinted glasses...we all wear them when looking for love.


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

Did you write ANOTHER hub just for me Tom? You're the best...*smile*. This is such a bitter but sweet way to look at life. Dating shouldn't be the hardest thing you do in life, right? It should be wonderful, that feeling you get when with someone new. Unmatchable:) Great hub Tom!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Don't we though, Hawkesdream :0)

Miss Jamie I do not actually write them for you, but I'm glad if they fit!


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

I Love You Tom


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I love you, too, Paper Moon. Don't lean too hard on that cardboard sky, now.


nazishnasim 7 years ago

Tom or shall I say Captain?

"Mama done told us we'd sing like a dope

The blues in the night, but did we listen?

Nope." .... and much more, ofcourse!

Pest calls you 'the Chief' , from now onwards I shall call you 'the Captain' of the ship called 'hubpages'. All the negativity that I was experiencing regarding 'Loooove' just got washed away after reading this poem. Thankyou Captain, it was ONE GREAT PIECE OF AWESOMENESS *standing ovation*


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feeweewv 7 years ago from Between A Dream And Reality

There is no love lost... Love is the good part. Love is worth it. I think in any moment of love, if given the choice, no one would trade it. It is the hearbreak and disappointment we forget to remember when we hear love knock again... I know I always open the door without asking questions. It might be my downfall eventually (I don't believe it will), but I like the way I feel when I love and am loved.

There you go again, Tom, making me think


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

It is just what it is - but of course I can only speak for myself. Thanks for sharing :D


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for asking me to address the issue, Nazishnasim!

So sorry for making you think, Feewee LOL

Thanks for visiting, esteemed Cris!


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feeweewv 7 years ago from Between A Dream And Reality

It's ok... I don't mind it sometimes


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

That's good :0)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Yeah, what would Mark Knowles say, "Love is patient, love is kind..."


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

"...faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

Oooh, I could start some trouble with that, Cindy D. Vine, but I'm not gonna.


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

I hope you know I was kidding about you writing hubs for me:) You cover a wide range of subjects, I love that about you! Thanks Tom!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

And of course I was kidding back at you. I like reading your stuff, too!


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

Speaking of love....Hard to live with and even harder to live without. But...but...whatever said and done, it does make life beautiful for the time it exists. Loved reading this hub.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I enjoyed writing it, Anjalichugh. Love is like an exasperating heaven!


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Hello Tom! Just getting caught up on reading your hubs and I must say, excellently written, thought provoking work. I do not get around to comment much, just had to let you know I really enjoy reading your work.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I seek you out as well, with your unique take on most of the things you tackle. I read more than I comment, sometimes. Welcome and great to hear from you.


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trooper22 7 years ago from Chicago

Outstanding Poem.  Well crafted and unified, mixing humor and wisdom. 

"Yes, look at the long parade of losers,

Psychopaths, loonies, abusers and freaks,

Maniacs, gamblers, depressives, boozers,"

Did you by chance find my old little "Black book" somewhere? Great lines!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Trooper! Actually it was my own little black book. I'll tell ya, one look inside those pages is enough to keep me on the straight and narrow!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Love, infatuation, lust I can't tell the difference either Chief, it all feels good to me LMAO. Great poem thumbs up to your wonderful imagination.(Hugs)


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Blondepoet, love never ceases to thrill, almost as much as comments from you ... will.


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wittywriter 7 years ago from Concord New Hampshire

Great poem. However, I personally do not believe in love. I believe you can either tolerate your spouse or not. I can tolerate this one, and from time to time we have fun and laugh. We do not argue much and my kids love him. Too old to get trapped in the love stuff.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I am not about to mess with your beliefs, Witty. Be well and happy.


Jmell 7 years ago

LOL....made me laugh. I personally believe in LOVE because I know there are different levels, different kinds, and certainly the one you speak of.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Love is a wonderful and powerful thing. Thank you, Jmell!


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

ah cupids bow...... where will it land next...


Pacal Votan 7 years ago

Love is horrible. I don't want to fall in love again. Who am I trying to deceive...? Ahhh...


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Ah yes, love. What are we? Wacko? Thanks Pacal

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