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The Ideal

Updated on January 9, 2012
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The Ideal

By Tony DeLorger © 2012

Love is bound by our understanding of it,

our interpretation of an ideal that by nature is without limit,

and given meaning only by our capacity to express it.

When we say we love someone,

the meaning is as diverse as our ability to experience,

our facility to surrender to the selflessness of giving.

Love in its perfect state is the practice

of placing someone else before ourselves,

sacrificing our needs and will for another.

In this sacrifice we carry a responsibility,

in preservation, in adoration and care,

following with open heart a life shared in intimate ways.

How frivolous our bantering of this ideal,

as a weapon, as a motivation and as a manipulation,

to find solace within our own needs.

This then becomes anything but love,

because love is never about the self,

beyond sharing life and the actions of concern.

In its most basic form love is an expression of appreciation,

an acknowledgement of the beauty and simplicity of life,

expressed through an accepting and open heart.

Our capacity to love comes from a serene and considered view of life,

its opportunities and the emotions with which we express thoughts.

Love can only ever be selfless,

driven by a potential innate within us,

and inspired by the will to share the miraculous experience of life.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you Kimberley, you are very kind. I work hard to hone my skills and I appreciate more than anything people who connect to my thoughts and appreciate how I express them. Thanks as always for your support. Take care.

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      Kimberley Lane 

      6 years ago from N.W.Pacific Coast, USA

      Ah, the master poet strikes again! It is always a pleasure to read your words, Tony. More than reading the work of each poem you write, I find myself marveling at your insight & ability to accurately portray with words every single thing you are desiring to say.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      A lovely compliment that is much appreciated, Bobbi. Do drop by again.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Debbie, so glad you appreciate my work. thanks for reading and kind words.

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      6 years ago from Florida


      That took my breath away,it was so beautiful. I am sure I will think about it for awhile. It will echo through my mind until I go to sleep. That is how my mind works--like a constant memory chip. HA!

      I voted up and beautiful.


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      simply beautiful.. you are so romantic in so many ways comes out in your words and so many different kinds of love I love the way you express it..I voted up and awesome and beautiful


    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for your comment Beata Stasak. There's much to be thankful for in life, but the world could do with some positive changes. I guess it's up to us to practice what we preach.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      That's quite a compliment JS, and it is much appreciated. I thank you for your support and kind words.

    • Beata Stasak profile image

      Beata Stasak 

      6 years ago from Western Australia

      Great Tony, the poem full of ideals...wish the world would be just like you describe it:)

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow, Tony. This is like the perfect definition of love if there was a Poet's Dictionary! You have taken LOVE, a four letter word, and explained it in so many vibrant words. This is simply awesome and I love how complex your writing is. I have followed you for some time and read many of your poems without comment. For proof of that, I remember your old profile picture, the reflection in your glasses and the computer screen. I really liked this. Really deep and your use of words is impressive! This is a masterpiece! Just wanted to stop by and show my appreciation. Keep up the great work.



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