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Part 1

Of all the different kinds of love. 
Some are gentle. 
Some are oppressive. 
Some come with pre-conditions. 
Some come from expectations. 
Some come with zesty flavors.
Spices and exotics.

In a secluded corner of an antique mind
time enshrouded locked away in a jailess cell 
is unconditional love, a withering shadow, 
a remnant exiled and contagious
plagued by insidious expectations
grieving, resolute and alone.
Some try to hide the keys 
from the trolls that invade their thoughts
lest the viruses of doubt 
penetrate the sanctity of pure intention. 
The myth of unconditional love.

Part 2

The loving heart soon decays 
amidst the mistaken belief 
that there are no conditions 
to unconditional love;
there always are.

One must possess a loving heart, 
open to all, not segregated and formed
in irksome contemplation.

When one is not loved back, 
he/she loses his/her impulsion. 
Emotions then become tempered, irrigated 
flattened and distributed in a kind, 
of non-vested washed out amusement 
drying naked tears in a windless environment.

We become the product of our salient beliefs. 
That is why the religious profess 
God's love as being unconditional 
because it is almost non-existent in man. 

Unconditional love? 
There are always conditions, 
some obvious, some hidden, 
some obscure in confused enigmas.

CAK 02-16-2013

Copyright © Allan Koven

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  1. Date: 12/1/2013 2:10:00 PM
    Allen... Your poem says it all.. loved it, well written...which is why so many choose a pet.. talk about unconditional love ! No obvious, hidden or obscure enigmas !

  1. Date: 11/1/2013 12:36:00 PM
    An interesting take on Unconditional Love Mr. Koven LOL! I think it is definitely an over used term for something that is extremely rare. Good job in making us think about something that is often used, but terribly difficult to practice. MC

  1. Date: 10/30/2013 9:54:00 AM
    There is no such thing as unconditional love at my age not even for candy when you see what it can do to your health.

    loving iii Avatar john loving iii
    Date: 10/30/2013 9:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Even beauty has conditions
    loving iii Avatar john loving iii
    Date: 10/30/2013 9:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I too left a comment for Vics"When I die."
  1. Date: 10/1/2013 4:30:00 PM
    Animals seem to have a better perspective of unconditional love than most humans do. Great write.

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 10/1/2013 4:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Some do but beware of the Jackal
  1. Date: 9/15/2013 10:00:00 AM
    great final stanza....your thoughts on the subject are enlightening.

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 9/15/2013 10:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Wayne, I really appreciated hearing from you. Allan
  1. Date: 9/12/2013 8:16:00 AM
    Your way with words is amazing :) peace

  1. Date: 9/1/2013 12:03:00 AM
    Yes, one wonders about unconditional love. God gives unconditional love - but we, yes we, impose conditions on it.

  1. Date: 8/26/2013 5:18:00 PM
    Your words are those of a seeker and contemplator. I see you speak of believers and the religious in a few of your poems. My guess is that you have been the victim of religiosity at some point in your life. I enjoyed this thought provoking piece and I agree unconditional love is beyond human capacity but a mothers love comes closer than most.

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 8/26/2013 7:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Not a victim, but a questioner and as you rightfully suggested, a contemplator . Have been for a very long time. It is interesting to note that in this mixed up world, mother's have become more dominant and fathers in many ways less so. Not so sure that is good for mankind. Just my opinion. Thanks again for checking in.
  1. Date: 8/17/2013 3:21:00 AM
    Secluded corner of an antique have a flair for writing. An expensive poem...irksome contemplations , insidious expectations. .stupendous write..! Cheers !

  1. Date: 8/7/2013 11:43:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your creative work...It is hard to give unconditiional love as a human being..Great topic that you have chosen on which to write your work...Thanks for stopping by...My inspiration comes from different places..Sometimes a scene, sometimes a picture someone sends me via email, sometimes I look for pictures on the internet,sometimes while I am out on the porch, sometimes a movie, TV sermon, message at church,etc..Sara