The Love Boutique

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Appaloosa “The Day (We Fell In Love)”

love is the message
this is why i spread it far and wide
why i choose to reflect every time i feel blessed by its dressing, in kind
why my wide eyes realign
each time i bid recline in shade
why the magic tree need never be so faraway
love can be expressive in so very many ways
once we do our level best to let it stay and play

love is often viewed as tea for two and need to know
love addresses harvest moon with every seed we sow
love has but one point to prove
attuned to speedy growth
of something pure and simple—truth be known
a safe place
ours to decorate
as home

foundations shake when they’re made on false stone
boundaries chafe when we claim souls to take as our own
they can be given
to infinite keep
providing we give them the freedom to breathe
need not commit to the sinking of teeth
when a full heart knows best how to willingly bleed

loves makes suggestion we say what we see
make someone’s day when they see what we say
make someone’s week when we speak the same tongue
do this enough, we may make someone’s month
teach them to run every miracle mile
make them feel safe as they take every plunge
break chains and face every clinical trial
with feelings no longer expunged

love takes exception to claim that our race has been run
love is affectionate, endlessly brave when outgunned
love will find a way, provide a hideaway on danger days
realign our major aims, reliant on trust funds
more than simply plus one, thus one step away from free
when someone stands beside us and reminds us that we’re seen

love is the message
need not seem obscene
knows how to guide us through turbulent seas
camps out inside us, all set to release
when we learn how to give and accept it with ease
fervent and keen, each excursion foreseen
through stargazing eyes that invite us to reach for our dreams
L before O
before V
before E
one four letter word, better known as sound reason to breathe

this is why i spread it far and wide
why i choose to reflect every time i feel blessed by its dressing, in kind
why my wide eyes realign
when i bid swift recline in shade
why the magic tree need never be so faraway
love can be progressive in so very many ways
once we do our level best to lounge beneath its blessèd rays
L before O
before V
before E
one four letter word, so much more when concurred
can teach us to breach every wave that we brave
which makes a certain wealth of sense to me

Richard Charles Stevens

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

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