Love is a four-letter word - A Poem

The early glow of teenage love that grew within our hearts

Was birthed in dreams of better things and never more to part

No matter what life brought our way we knew we'd always cope

When asked to spell our youngest love, we'd always spell it HOPE


As time went on we learned to put the other's feelings first

To set aside our selfish pride and see our partner's worth

To seek to bring our lover joy became our way to live

When asked to spell that stage of love, we'd always spell it GIVE


Our family grew and soon we knew what joy a child could bring

Two sons with smiles and laughter shone a light on everything

Our neat and tidy home became a minefield filled with toys

When asked to spell parental love, we'd always spell it BOYS


Trials came and trials went, life brought its many tests

But through them all, both large and small, we chose to think the best

We never doubted in our love, nor questioned whys and hows

When asked to spell the harder years of love, we spelled it VOWS


The busy-ness of life and all the trappings that it holds

Can try to steal from time alone as all so surely know

We learned a lesson early we embraced before too late

When asked to spell how love was kept, we always spelled it DATE


Twenty years have come and gone, our love has proven true

We've learned the lessons God has brought as we were passing through

We've had our times of heartfelt joy and shared our times of hurt

But through it all we found that love has always been spelled WORK

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow!!! What a great poem! Pinning, sharing and voting. Absolutely Beautiful.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Just Ask Susan - thanks so much! It's just me sharing what I've found to be true, but your comment was very welcome...


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

A clever and beautiful poem, I hope love was not too much work, even after 20 year :).

Nicely done, Up and sharing.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@tobusiness - there is no work that will ever be too much for me to exert for my wife - the results are well worth it. Thanks for sharing and commenting.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

petenali: WOW, voted UP and AWESOME! You should frame this and give it to your wife for Valentine's Day! LOVE how you made all the words 4 letters, so appropriate for the title, "Love is a four letter word". Original, beautiful, sincere full of love for your wife and family.

God bless you real good, THANK YOU! Sparklea :)


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Sparklea - encouraging as always! Thanks for the kind words and "advice" - might just do that, but she will probably have already read it by then...lol!


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Leptirela 3 years ago from I don't know half the time

Absolutely Love it

You are talented and an enjoyable hub you shared

Thank you


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Leptirela - thank you and thank you again. Sweet comment. Have a great day.


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lupine 3 years ago from Southern California (USA)

Amazing Poem! Voted up/awesome. A description of LOVE at each stage of your family...and I spell it LIFE


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@lu[ine - thanks for the comment and vote. LIFE happens to us all, but we have to manage it well so that it doesn't run over us!


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Pamela-anne 3 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Well done love this poem and the words within do hold true! take care and God bless!


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ajwrites57 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

petenali--simply beautiful! Shared!


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@ajwrites57 - thank you so much for the comment and the sharing.


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PaoloJpm 3 years ago from Philippine

This is so beautiful. I think you can make a song out of it. Really, I enjoy reading i thanks for sharing. Looking forward for your future poem too.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Love works through wonderful ways and would hold through any obstacle thanks for a lovely hub

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