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Feelings, , sentiments, happiness, devotions,
Anger, jealousy, joyful emotions.

What is love? Is it a feeling?
Are their a myriad of kinds?
A spirit that comes stealing?
Perhaps a chemical that binds?

One definition I am told,
is the desire for the good of another
over the welfare of yourself.
If I may be so bold,
that’s where the road meets the rubber,
One’s “feelings” belong on the shelf.

When a Mom is handed her new born in bed
to be greeted, loved , explored and fed,
to see the power of Mom holding her new born babe,
It’s the truest, strongest love connection made.

Oh the feelings! Joy, pride, Love, protectiveness,
warmth, strength, bliss, heart bursting happiness!
All these wonderful feelings but …much, much more!
Growing in the wealth of Love has pain in store

Is love a feeling ?

Look at the same Mom at home three weeks down the road,
Her babe crying and fussing four nights in a row, 
Mom is sleepless, fatigued, angry:  a joyless load.
Mom’s given her all, these seeds she didn't sow,

The original “love feelings” are not there,
She is ragged, worried and worn.
Has she stopped loving her new born?
Does she love her babe any less?

So is “true love” a feeling?
Ask her… Mother knows best.

For "Secondhand Emotion" contest
sponsored by: 
Dana'Lynn Smith
written by: 
Robert A. Dufresne 1/13/12
inspired by my Pastor: Fr Frank   


Copyright © Robert A. Dufresne

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  1. Date: 1/23/2012 9:09:00 PM
    "Thanks, Robert, for your kind comment. We all suffer from trials, not even the rich escape. Just a part of life. Can only look forward to heaven. Without hope we are lost. Loved your poem, love is far mor than a feeling. I can really relate to being that Mom with a child that cried for almost 24 hrs stop for 2 years. I still love him heaps today. God bless, Maureen"

  1. Date: 1/17/2012 6:08:00 AM
    Congratulations Robert on your HM in Dana'lynn's "The Secondhand Emotion" contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 9:10:00 PM
    Congrats, Bob. Wonderful write. Enjoyed. Nice going. Ralph

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 3:06:00 PM
    such a thought provoking write ..reminds me of the old song "What's Love Got to Do with it" Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 6:06:00 AM has been awhile.I posted a new write.lost and lonely.if you get a chance.take this poem.

  1. Date: 1/15/2012 11:07:00 AM
    Dana'lynn should like this one because I like it. Well written with some good rhyming.

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 5:31:00 PM
    depending on the sleep you get, babies charms and mum regrets, but life is later calm.... content.

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 3:45:00 PM
    Reads like a winner to me..Enjoyed reading this one..I have been there with those babies..It is not an easy job..It trying and tiring but most moms survive..Thanks for the kind review of my work..Sara

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 9:07:00 AM
    Oh you still love them. It's just hard to keep going when something is wrong and you can't figure out what. It's scarey. I know. I've been there and done that. Great write. So many different kinds of love. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 8:29:00 AM
    An excelent write here Robert and very good rhyming(with different rhyme scheme).Best wishes to you.Thanks for your inspired words at my page.

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 8:25:00 AM
    Reading this I had a wide range of emotions. Nice poem...!!