Where There Is Love

As I returned home tired of the day's work, 
my son, with a greeting smile, came running to me. 
As usual, I kissed him and said, "I love you, my son". 
"What is love, Papa?" quite innocently he asked. 
Giving him a chocolate, I simply said, 
"This is my love for you". 
The innocent question stirred my soul 
and all my thoughts fell on the 'simple' word 'LOVE', 
"What is love? Where is love?" 
Love is there, I thought, in our care 
that we give to our kids and in our desire 
to see them grow before our eyes. 
Love is seen in the heart of a mother 
who has to part her children from her 
and send them to distant lands 
to win the race of life. 
Love is seen in the worries of a wife 
who waits for the safe return of her husband. 
Love is there in a true friend 
who works as an inspiration, 
stands by in all thick and thin 
and shares all joys and sorrows. 
Love is seen, by a lover, in the beginning 
of a smile-love-a composition of 
 a single soul living in two bodies. 
So pleased I felt to imagine 
that love is everywhere 
and 'all is well with the world'.
Relaxing on my chair, I picked the newspaper
with a desire to know something good of the world.   
As I went on reading, my newly-formed assumptions
about love, life, and the world began to shatter.
What I read-
four cases of robbery,
two cases of murder,
three cases of relations breaking,
four cases of eve-teasing,
two cases of rape,
one case of acid throwing,
youth indulged in drug addiction,
many cases of corruption,
some cases of manipulation,
hoarding and black-marketing,
dirty game of politics,
unions going on strikes,
people fighting for religions,
word war among states and nations
and 'much ado about nothing'.
I threw the paper with a heavy heart
and again asked myself, "Where is love?"
The sudden entrance of my son
broke the stream of my thought.
I caught him in my arms and kissed.
"How can flowers be grown on a volcano?" were only my thoughts
and two pearls from my eyes fell on the head of my son.
Then the 'Preacher of Peace' came into my vision
who proclaimed, "Where there is love, there is life".

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 2/12/2017 12:00:00 PM
- A child asks simple questions .... but, not always easy to answer - Simple answer is the best for a child ... they understand more than we think - a wonderful poem with meaning, Jagdish - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Jagdish Pal
Date: 2/13/2017 2:56:00 AM
Thanks so much for such a pleasant comment.
Date: 2/11/2017 6:00:00 PM
Jagdish, people have been trying to define love for centuries and you gave us some beautiful insight into it at the start of your poem. Sad that young people struggle through many things as you describe in the latter portion. Very touching and heartfelt poem.
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Jagdish Pal
Date: 2/12/2017 11:29:00 AM
Thanks, Ma'm!
Date: 2/10/2017 12:55:00 PM
A teary eyed 7 for you! A wonderful write. xomo
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Date: 2/11/2017 4:47:00 AM
Thanks so much.