Love must be erotic and lustful
Love of your body and its secrets
Love must be Philadelphia
City of brotherly and sisterly loves
Love must be ludic
Playful, flirtatious, in, of the moment and brief,
Explosive and also some light, humorous fun
Love must be able to last a lifetime
Stand, not run
Love must love one’s self positively
Love must be able to forgive
Lay down one’s life for the other
But most of all
Love must be mutual or it brings grief
Becomes a curse and is not then worth it
Love is priceless, rare, seldom real
Or true, or found
But when it is
It can become eternal
It transcends time, times, places and all space
It is everlasting, infinite.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
This poem is based on the seven types of Grecian love or words related to love like eros, philia, storge, agape, philautia (two meanings), ludus.
Dr. Koshy A.V. is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the English Department of Carmel College, Autonomous, Bengaluru, India. He has many books, degrees, diplomas, certificates, prizes, and awards to his credit and also, besides teaching, is an editor, anthology maker, poet, critic and writer of fiction. He runs an autism NPO with his wife, Anna Gabriel. Two of his co-authored books published in 2020 were Amazon best-sellers in India and USA, namely, Wine-kissed Poems with Jagari Mukherjee and Vodka by the Volga with Santosh Bakaya.