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Fleeting Love

Updated on November 24, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

If I ran to the front door and threw it open

Would love be standing there?

Would I recognize it for real or token

Or would I take the time to care?

Love is such a fleeting thing they say

Wafting like feathers on the twisting wind

A dodging, weaving, ever-deceiving array

When it comes your way now and then

Cupid’s arrow penetrates the heart

No blood, no pain, no sting,

The pain comes as love melts; falls apart

Becoming just another bad nightmare dream

Yet we long for it once more, again and again

The pain soon heals and dims to black

Our hope rises and our search anew begins

We’re all too ready to take love back

Each time we lose it, desperation rises a bit

We long for the solace of its tender touch

We hunger for the warm depths of it

We are ever-ready to care just a bit too much

Sometimes we get it right and love lingers on

Yet slowly dulling in its familiar form

We can’t live without it; know it's there we belong

But is it this love that keeps us warm?

Love’s questions rise and fall like the ocean’s tide

Ebbing back and forth on our hopes and doubts

Luring us with its promise never to subside

Then slowly disappearing when its tide rolls out

Love with all its pain is truly a gift from God

Longed for as gold; hold it; feel its comforts and charms

But for all love is, what it is not hides in facade

As we venture forth trying to hold it in outstretched arms

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

14 February 2012


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    • acaetnna profile image


      6 years ago from Guildford

      This was so heartfelt and written in such a professional style. Love conquors all and I adored your poem. Definitely voting up and pressing your buttons too.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @A.A. Zavala...Thank you. Like a butterfly, it is a fleeting thing that we spend much of our life chasing after. WB

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Beautiful poem Wayne. I need love, and hate it when I don't have it. Awesome...

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @savanahl...Thank you, I try to keep my poetry honest and straight-forward. Sometimes I really have to dig deep to find the emotion that I want to far I have been lucky! LOL! Glad you liked it. WB

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      6 years ago

      What a beautiful poem . I love how you capture the essence of love.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Phyllis Doyle...Thank you, Phyllis...I feel like I had the opportunity to explore love over my lifetime. I wanted to get it right but it does not always work out that way...that's how we come to realize that love takes two. It was a happy ending for me but my heart never forgets the struggle and the's what keeps me in love! LOL! WB

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Such a beautiful poem about love, Wayne. The words come from one who has deep thoughts and compassion. "Love with all its pain is truly a gift from God" says it all.

      Thank you. Voted all the way except funny. :)

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @ImKarn23...That you...well stated! WB

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Sigh...where there is life - there is hope! Very wise, sir!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...So absolutely true. Thank you! WB

      @Kallini2010...Such wonderful words and thoughts. So glad you like the poem...Thank you very much! WB

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      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      An interesting choice of an image... a child...

      A child comes to this world with love,

      fully equipped to love.

      I was searching yesterday (St. Valentine's Day) for the images with the keyword "Love" - half of the images that came up - were with children, moms and children, dads...

      It got me thinking...

      Funny enough, I was writing about a past relationship and for the image that I intended to portray love, I settled on a frozen leaf - beautiful, but frozen. Reflects my OWN mood. That is my love now.

      Love is within - we do not have to wait for it,

      I think we are waiting for ourselves to open our hearts.

      You wrote a beautiful poem. Very well done.

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      6 years ago

      There is nothing as wonderful as true love, really true love. It wraps its arms around you and walks with you through life. Beautiful and awesome!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @MartieCoetser...Well Thank you very much. I just made a comment on another writer's site yesterday that I had not had an inspiration for Valentine's Day...fifteen minutes later this came to me. So glad you liked it! WB

      The Frog Princess...Thank you, glad I could touch your emotions with this one. WB

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      The Frog Princess 

      6 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina


      Your poem hit home for me and someone dear to me. When love stays in the heart; it can't be broken apart. My ship will not go down.

      Thanks so much and the music too.

      Frog Princess

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      With this poem you have said everything to be said about the phenomenon called Love, Wayne. Beautiful!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince...Truer words were never offered and from a man who has lived much as I have. Thanks much Frogman for the sage advice! WB

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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - Wowser. Now I don't claim to be an expert on the subject of love but I know it can be fleeting at times. It can also be very painful to the soul. It is risky but anything worth having is worth taking a risk to achieve it.

      Love is like a garden though old friend. If you don't tend to it the weeds of life will invade and the next thing you know your wonderful garden isn't recognizable.

      Just some thoughts from A Frog Prince.


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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @C M Castro...Yes, it is...never quite my cup of tea. Thanks much for the read. WB

      @Sunnie Day...Back in my single days after I was divorced I never ceased to be amazed at how many times some people could take the dive, almost drown, and then get right back in the pool for another round of it. Thanks for the good words. WB

      @ann davis...Lots of truth to that...when it is indeed truly love. Lust and its counterparts don't quite measure up. Thanks. WB

      @Deborah Brooks...I think it is the one gift of God to mankind that stands above the brings so much to our capacity of the other emotions so necessary to look after each other in this life. Thanks much and so glad you liked it. WB

      @suzzycue...Well, thank you! That inspires me all the more to know that someone out there enjoys my efforts. I think I'll go write another poem! LOL! Thank you! WB

      @Hypenbird...Thank you...feel free to make it a favorite and read it all you want! So glad you enjoyed it. WB

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Don't we all long for it, clutch at its fleeting presence and hang on for dear life when it settles upon our hearts? Wayne, you write so delicately of this incredible thing called love. It is indeed from God for He is love and we instinctively seek Him even those who fail to know why they seek after love. This shall be one of my favorites from you or any poet.

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      Susan Britton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a hearfelt poem, I love reading your writing, It flows good and always has a great message.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow love... big subject but we write about it long for it and adored it even if it hurts. I love this line in your poem. Love with all its pain is truly a gift from God .. and you are so right.

      Voted way up


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      Ann Davis 

      6 years ago

      Love faces any doubt, holds any weight,and last through any trial. It doesn't boast, it is not jealous. I think all these words are in 1st Corinthians, chapter 13.

      Lovely poem.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Dear Wayne,

      Such a deep thoughtful poem. When I was younger like most..we have such thoughts about what true love is..yet most of our feelings are emotions that can change like the wind..I have come to realize that true love is unconditional with its good and bad..through hard times and good, giving unconditonal love..we are able to love freely without expectations that may get crushed and thus emotions changing once again..I really loved this..Thank you.


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      Christina M. Castro 

      6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      To some, falling in love is like taking chances. :)


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