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Poem: Finding Love

Updated on September 21, 2012

This Above All Else, To Thine Own Self Be True

As we travel through the journey of life, we meet up with lessons that are oftentimes very painful. Each relationship we embrace either blesses or litters our lives. However, there is one constant, you must establish a relationship with your "self."

This is dedicated to those who have struggled to free themselves from the shackles that bind the hearts from opening up in order to love yourself.

"This above all else, to thine own self be true." Shakespeare

I looked for love at my mother’s breast,

but there was nothing to suckle or nourish me.

I looked for love in my father’s life,

but I was used as a means of artillery .

I looked for love in my sister’s and brother’s hearts,

but I was not cut from the same cloth.

I looked for love in men’s arms, but was met with emptiness and shame.

I looked for love in my sons' eyes, but in them I saw anger.

I looked for love in my husband’s soul, but painfully saw his remorse.

I looked for love in a friend’s spirit and received prayers of pity.

I looked for love from my dog, but he sat there and merely sighed.

When I looked for love within myself, I realized all along it was always there.

Robin Grosswirth,

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    One of the hardest lessons to learn; at least it was for me. Beautifully written Robin; I'm sure glad I finally found it.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    Bill- this piece was inspired by a piece you wrote recently on this topic. Glad you read it. Thanks!

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Nice work and great ending. Had I learned "traditional" love, my wife and I would have never seen the bitter end and the sweet memories that haunt me.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    It is true that you must love yourself before anyone else can love you. It is hard for any of us to face the fact that we must come to terms with our inner selves before we can show our truest selves to those who might love and accept us.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    Mhatter99 Thanks for the read and commentary. I usually like happy endings.

    xstatic You've said it all. Thanks for stopping in to read my work and cogitate on its meaning.

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    Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

    A matter of debate, since long, every one has it's own research and theory, but finally, i believe it is nothing but sincerity between the two, thought provoking share. thank.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    girishpuri Forgive me, but please explain your commentary.

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    So true, Robin! You have to love yourself before you can open up to others. Beautifully written and expressed.

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    breakfastpop 4 years ago

    Your words are powerful and oh so true. You can't love another human being until you learn to love yourself. Up, beautiful and awesome.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    teaches12345 Thank you very much. The idea is, if you are looking for it in others, it is a losing proposition because you will not be met with a parallel universe.

    breakfastpop Thank you so much. Also, in looking for love with others, trying to be who you think "they" want you to be, doesn't pan out. You cannot be all things to "everyone," only to yourself.

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    Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

    What a way to look at the love game, I like to look in the mirror too at times to see if I see a reflection or not, and most of the time I see a different person, but I do know that my spirit never changes appearance, shape, height, width or its love for others as well, and that's the real me no doubt.

    Looking to deeply for whats already been there for most folks is the verifiable way to miss the point altogether, and your poem here has nailed the tail to the Donkey precisely.

    Awesome job! and thumbs up for writing it such a useful, and interestingly beautiful poem, getting shared with others.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    CloudExplorer The real deal is the interpretation you and others take from reading it. Each reader sees within a poem what they will. However, in essence, you can look for love all over, but everyone is busy with their own things, own gripes and own issues, so you much see it within yourself. You cannot be all things to all people. Thanks!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and awesome. Brings us back to the old saying to thine self be true.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    Cloud Explorer Cannot find validation in others because other people are too busy protecting and honoring their lives. Thanks for the read and commentary.

    Gypsy Rose Lee You coined what I did and that is why I have it. Thanks for the read, vote and commentary.

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    Sueswan 4 years ago

    Hi Robin

    "When I looked for love within myself, I realized all along it was always there."

    We must love ourselves first. The same goes with happiness. It is not fair or realistic to expect another human being to be responsible for our happiness.

    Voted up and away

    Take care :)

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    Sueswan You are quite right. We must choose to be happy, but it might be difficult if you are being harmed. People can compromise your happiness.

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    Sueswan 4 years ago

    I agree Robin it can be difficult if you are being harmed because I have been in that position.

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