Love, what are thou?

Abby Kesington 1979 (Lagos)

Love, what are thou?
 Abby Kesington.

Is it a flutter in the pits of your stomach?
Or a blush on your plump cheeks
Perhaps, it’s that sparkle of light in your eyes?
This thing called love!

Does it make you shiver with cold on a hot summer night?
Or warms you up with need on a blistering cold morning,
…like hot lava rushing down your privy parts?
This thing called love!

Does it come in colors of rose petals or white orchids?
Perhaps, it’s the bouquet of flowers in porcelain vases draped in red ribbons
That makes you blossom like the flowers of autumn?
This thing called love!

What really are you?
Some say you are “purest of them all.”
Quick to overlook faults,  graciously granting second  chances to recalcitrant souls
who smear you with their depravity and belittle you to just a feeling…..
Others dare say you don’t exist at all...
Just a figment of human imagination….
If you are as pure as they say,
 I don’t want to smear you with my impurities
If you are as forgiving as they say,
I ponder if you can look over my shortcomings
And if you are just an imagination
Please paint my mind with pictures of your portrait,
A representation of your likeness.
For you are not just a thing called love but a mystery unfathomable.


About this poem

Inspired by St. Valentines day

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Written on February 16, 2023

Submitted by Abbykesington on February 16, 2023

Modified on April 06, 2023

1:18 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme xa xxxB xcxB xxaB xdxcdaexexaxxx
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,267
Words 260
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 2, 4, 4, 4, 14

Abby Kesington

Abby Kesington blends her Nigerian roots with her adopted Texan home, infusing her poetry with cultural richness. Formerly a journalist in Lagos, she graces Houston's poetry scene with her eloquence. With degrees in Political Science from prestigious Nigerian universities, she champions equality and fights against discrimination worldwide. more…

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1 Comment
  • alanswansea18
    Okay you have me with the cheeks sparkle in the eyes and the Summer nights. Most of mine have all these things.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • Abbykesington
      yes, sometimes you want to be softly descriptive... Thanks.
      LikeReply1 month ago


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