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Love is the Drug

Updated on February 15, 2008

Everyone Loves - How Do You Show It?

Love happens everywhere.
Love happens everywhere.

Are you addicted to love?

Whether you love to read or write, or both, you will often come upon a common theme: love. Nearly every writer has written about love in some form. Love is a powerful emotion which convinces us to do the most astounding things, take the silliest of actions, and make the most shocking choices. Love also amazes us. It leaves us flabbergasted. It shapes our lives. It allows us to taste the outermost boundaries of living.

A past teacher, a poet, once wrote to me: “Every day the world bothers to be beautiful. All we have to do is show up.”

I recently took the Core Values Exercise, and wasn’t surprised to find that Love ended up being my essential value in life. I believe that the ability to love is at the root of everything. It allows us to hold our friends and family dear, it brings us joy and happiness, and it teaches us peace and wisdom.

We all love in many ways. I’ve loved friends like they were family. I’ve loved a cousin like a sister. I’ve loved with a passion that burned my skin, intoxicated my mind, and throbbed through my blood. I’ve loved with a sweetness that kissed my bruises, caressed my face with smiles, and breathed softly into my being.

A past teacher, a poet, once wrote to me: “Every day the world bothers to be beautiful. All we have to do is show up.”

Conversations Among Friends

"Once I had a lover-

he was twenty.

And Cuban and, oh..."

How old were you?

"I was thirty-nine."

I also had a lover

who was twenty,

only a few years ago.

I think about getting

married at times, then I

think about being forty

and having affairs with twenty year olds.

A Love Letter - Revamped

My ink smudges against your fingertips,

I unfold for you like a favorite letter kept

Curled in your warm breast pocket.

Heat from your tender fingers betrays

All of your eager desires. My envelope

Lies, like discarded clothing, on the floor.

These two poems capture different kinds of love. I wrote the first poem when I was single. I loved the adventures life threw my way. I had love affairs with my friends, each of them fulfilling a different piece of me. I loved wild and free. I wrote the second poem a year and a half after I got married. It is one of the few acrostic poems I’ve written. I had never experienced such a deep, consuming love as this. While brainstorming for this poem, I wrote in my journal: “Being married takes a lot of hard work, but it doesn’t feel like work because it is love.”

How have you experienced love?

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    • Mandy76 profile image


      10 years ago from Mount Shasta, California

      I have a lover, he is twenty and puerto rican. Oh, I'm 32 but he's the kind of lover that passionately burns my skin and intoxicates my mind.

      I love your writing. Conversations among friends definately being my favorite part of this piece.

      I can feel the adrenaline coursing through my viens just from reading your description of love, as I am in the throws of adventure right now.

      I'm so glad you've shared your writing with the world, if for no other reason than so I could find it.

    • maham profile image


      10 years ago

      nice poetry

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      10 years ago

      wonderful.  the poems are blunt with hidden echoes -  I loved them.  I'm glad I stopped in. :)

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Hey Stacie would love to see you publish more of your poem's after all this G-Ma is and she knows how good you really are.  And so Love is every where? Wonderful feeling isn't it?  G-Ma :o) hugs

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      10 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks Jimmy. It is fun to go back and read my different styles from different years.

      Yes, Bob. It is. Love is all around, love is all over town.

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      Love is All Around

    • jimmythejock profile image

      James Paterson 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for sharing Stacie I love your poetry.....jimmy


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