The Problem with Love
The problem we have with love
is that when we see it coming from afar
we run to great it as an old friend.
Once it is safely snuggled in our arms
we treat it as another worthless possession.
Sometimes we take it for granted.
Sometimes we neglect it.
We may even treat it with uttermost contempt.
It is only when it moves away
that we realize it was a gift
from a Passing God.
Had we realize this from the start,
we would have welcome it as a rarity
and never believed it was ours
or permitted ourselves to treat it
with common familiarity
for it is this habit
that offends the God
and pushes love away.
Maria Mar (c)
New York City
November 4, 2003