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The Dichotomy of Love

Updated on July 15, 2016

The Dichotomy of Love

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

The dichotomy of love is ever-present in life,

the raging war between self and surrender

an internal conflict of primal origins.

When focused on survival we become impenetrable,

an island of barricades, and assume the stoic stance of will.

When focused on love and the allure of a potential mate,

we cast aside all contention and open like a morning rose,

delicate and vulnerable.

This dichotomy is the suffering of emotion,

the enchanting and malevolent stare of treachery.

This stirring lust is overpowering and disarming,

reducing the thinking to single-mindedness

void of common sense or impending danger.

However, when real love grows,

there is a synthesis of this dichotomy,

the survival instinct transformed to protection.

Real love then becomes selflessness and sacrifice,

the self attaching to the mate, always considering it first.

How rare is love?

How often do our choices reveal needs met rather than love?

We are singular beings, programmed to survive,

to propagate and explore what has been afforded us in life.

But how rare is love that it binds us to another,

one without the other not feasible, not possible.

The dichotomy of love exists because not many of us know what it means.

How rare then, is Love?


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for reading guys. Glad you enjoyed my work.

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      HattieMattieMae 6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      hmm, well I must have found the rare, cause I don't know what else it would be! lol I've managed to shed all those useless needs, it wasn't easy, but when you strip them away you find loves beauty!

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This popped up as I was HubHopping. I am glad it did. It is lovely and I enjoyed reading it.