on valentine’s day

listen, she said, and took my hand
as through the woods we walked
then promised me
revealed would be
love’s secrets as we talked

next, smiling, she spoke of all
that set our lovely scene:
so many things
from roots to wings
does this word ‘nature’ mean

and ‘love’, no less, while felt as one
emotion in our hearts
is something more
for at its core
lay many different parts

it’s friendship at its very best
in all it wants to share
but understands
that helping hands
at times can only care

it’s passion, hunger, unexplained
beyond a mere desire
its calming touch
means just as much
as when you feel its fire

it’s deep respect, a confidence
to which can be revealed
your pain, your stress
your helplessness
and in some way be healed

it’s faith in something greater than
the whole of all we are
so that we both
through change and growth
share wonder in the stars

and last, but most importantly
she said, and winked at me
that love so earned
is so returned
or it shall never be.

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