Eight Love Poems..from ‘The Sun’

A many course meal served in small bites, from ‘The Sun’, a monthly magazine of essays, short stories, and poetry. Each issue has a general, but not exclusive theme. The June issue’s theme is Love, and this is a piece called ‘Eight Love Poems’ by Sparrow:

Question                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can two nations                                                                                                                                                                                   fall in love?

Love                                                                                                                                                                                                 Love                                                                                                                                                                                                         is the                                                                                                                                                                                             first                                                                                                                                                                                               word                                                                                                                                                                                                       we don’t                                                                                                                                                                                                say to                                                                                                                                                                                         everyone.

A Phrase One Never Hears                                                                                                                                                             “My lover and I are doing our taxes.”

Sunlight                                                                                                                                                                                       Sunlight                                                                                                                                                                                             loves to fall                                                                                                                                                                                             on a bed.

Two Professors                                                                                                                                                                                When two professors                                                                                                                                                                             fall in love,                                                                                                                                                                                         their students rejoice.

Named                                                                                                                                                                                                    We are all named                                                                                                                                                                                   out of love-for                                                                                                                                                                                                            an uncle, a cousin,                                                                                                                                                                                    a dead violinist.

Often we forget                                                                                                                                                                                    the love in our names.

The Moon                                                                                                                                                                                             The moon loves                                                                                                                                                                               snow, because                                                                                                                                                                                         it reflects.

Ten Commandments                                                                                                                                                                        The Ten Commandments                                                                                                                                                                    do not                                                                                                                                                                                            mention love.


2 thoughts on “Eight Love Poems..from ‘The Sun’

  1. The last poem makes me question the motive of the poet. Is the poem 1) literally saying the word “love” is not in the 10 Commandments or that 2) there is no love in religion, but just rules/restrictions?

    1) If we’re being literal, the second commandment does indeed include the word “love.” In Exodus 20:4-6: “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

    2) If it’s a comment that there is no “love” in religion, then I question the poet’s understanding of Christianity and the Bible. The Ten Commandments are all about love — showing love to God and to other people.

    When Christ was asked “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” His reply was “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 22:37)

    He also said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34,35)

    Christ’s message, while on this earth, was one of Love. He always encouraged His followers to show love, and His life was a perfect example for us. We are to love God and put Him first, above everything else, and to love others as much as we love ourselves. If we could truly master those commands, the “Do not” commandments wouldn’t need to be mentioned.

  2. I’ve no idea from what faith perspective the writer is speaking; an awareness of the ten commandments could arise from any of the Big Three Abrahamic traditions, I guess. It think it’s merely an observation about the word “love’; its pervasive presence makes its specific absence significant for the writer. And it also inspired a very nice piece of writing by you!

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