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Love Poem Keeps Love Obsession Secret

A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

Obsessed Love Triangles are Common in Relationships

Thoughts of conflict occupy our minds when we're love-obsessed. It's even worse when the drama of a love triangle is part of the equation.

Thoughts of conflict occupy our minds when we're love-obsessed. It's even worse when the drama of a love triangle is part of the equation.

"Obsession"

Can't get you off my mind

Like a favorite scent

Lingering in the air

Far past the time we've spent


In my head I see your face

I see I'm going crazy

Like a film that can't turn off

Going in and out of hazy


Bringing us together

An image of secret meetings

Obsessing about the times

We embrace with warm greetings


My reality is so warped

I pretend it's all so real

I anticipate the time

When you tell me how you feel


I know that in due time

I will be forced to accept

Obsession is a secret

That's better off well-kept


JLE 2006

Preoccupied About Love

This poem about obsession speaks loudly of a secret place many love-obsessed people reside: in their heads. The long stares, eyes peering through cubicle cracks, followed by lunchtime daydreams, are all manifestations of the secret love obsessions we will never be able to put into words.

Our nights are full of dreams where we live out our love obsessions in the privacy of our living quarters, sometimes with our beloved partners lying beside us. Our daytime doodling and aimless surfs on the web vacillate between focus and distraction, as we obsess about the objects of our love.

It's easier to live out the fantasy in one's head rather than to constantly yearn for that which is unattainable. Although the harsh whiplash of our situations snaps us back to reality, we can't seem let go. The obsession itself ends up providing the thrill, through the act of fantasizing in our minds. After a time, we learn to accept the reality that love obsessions are best lived out and experienced as secret fantasies. In our sane moments, we know it's best to keep it to ourselves.

Our Obsessive Thoughts Remain Secrets

We secure our obsessive thoughts about love and admiration in our heads for safe keeping.

We secure our obsessive thoughts about love and admiration in our heads for safe keeping.

Love is as much of an object as an obsession, everybody wants it, everybody seeks it, but few ever achieve it. Those who do will cherish it, be lost in it, and among all never . . . never forget it.

— Curtis Judalet

Love Fantasy: Dream or Reality?

We fantasize about our obsessions in dreams, where they become our reality.

We fantasize about our obsessions in dreams, where they become our reality.

We Often Gaze at the One We Love

Our love-obsessed thoughts are often expressed through the silence of our stares, captivated by secret love.

Our love-obsessed thoughts are often expressed through the silence of our stares, captivated by secret love.

Your Secret Love Obsessions

Sing Along With Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed"

© 2014 Janis Leslie Evans

Comments

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on August 25, 2019:

Absolutely, Brenda. Thank for reading, I appreciate your visit.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 23, 2019:

Sometimes being obsessed with love can actually ruin the one true love who is standing with you.

Obsessions are best kept not acted upon. Usually not worth it in the end.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 23, 2018:

Will do, my fellow writer of profound words. Thank you so much for stopping by. Good to see you.

Malik S Canty from Brooklyn, NY on February 23, 2018:

Well done my Talented and Gifted Writer of Words...Once again you have given some powerful thoughts for the reader to ponder and consider, because Obsessions can get out of control. Voted Up and Keep the Words Flowing...

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 21, 2018:

Absolutely! I appreciate that very much.

Robin Carretti from Hightstown on February 21, 2018:

I love all your insight of words very enlightening and may the truth be told Thanks again

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 24, 2015:

Absolutely. Thanks for stopping by.

Surabhi Kaura on October 24, 2015:

Very well done - there's a very thin line between love and obsession.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 07, 2015:

Ha ha ha ha, gotcha! I think everybody can relate to this one on some level, once upon a time. I appreciate the very generous comment and nod of approval from one of HP's best poets. Thank you!

ahorseback on October 07, 2015:

You are an amazing and insightful writer , I see why there are soo many comments above , this poem nails me , catches my secret off guard too !

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 30, 2015:

Absolutely, Dana. It makes life a lot easier. I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one. Thanks for your visit.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on July 30, 2015:

Brilliant! Obsession, is a secret better off well-kept. I remember being totally obsessed with this guy and when we finally dated he was a complete jerk! Some loves are better if they exist in your mind only.

Souradip Sinha from Calcutta on May 08, 2015:

welcome mam :)

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 07, 2015:

Wow, that's very nice, humbled to be an inspiration. Thank you very much for reading and liking the poem.

Souradip Sinha from Calcutta on May 06, 2015:

Love the poem. Marvelous rhythm :') Your poem inspired me to write poems again. I will follow you. :)

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 23, 2015:

Awwww, thank you, very sweet. I love writing poetry so that means a lot. Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed it.

Stargrrl on February 23, 2015:

I loved this poem. You are truly talented.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 06, 2015:

Thank you very much, Prince Bethel. So glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate the votes.

prince bethel from Africa on February 06, 2015:

A nice poem you have there. I enjoyed reading it. I voted up. It's useful and awesome.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on January 11, 2015:

Ha ha, I can only imagine ;) Peace to you and Namaste, manitita44. Thanks for making a visit to my hub.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on January 11, 2015:

Thanks Sara. I love your comment. Thank you for visiting this hub.

manatita44 from london on January 11, 2015:

You tell it so well, Jan.

Lots of experiences there, I suppose. A big one, obsession or attachments. Much peace.

Sara Sarwar Riaz from Michigan, USA on January 10, 2015:

So powerful… so imaginative. I love your how tackled a psychedelic notion with your words. Beautiful.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on January 04, 2015:

Thanks, Nell Rose, happy to know that. So glad you stopped by.

Nell Rose from England on January 04, 2015:

Hi, I smiled when I read this, I think that we have all had these obsessive thoughts about people, or memories of past loves, loved it!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on November 30, 2014:

Hello savvydating. So glad you enjoyed it. I like your analysis about obsession in "moderation," so to speak. Thank you so much for your visit.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on November 30, 2014:

I will definitely make it over to that hub, misterhollywood. I find the topic fascinating. Thank you for the invitation. I'm glad you liked this poem hub, appreciate your stopping by.

Yves on November 30, 2014:

On the bright side, sometimes the fantasy really is better than the reality. You're right about that. On he other hand, there's is omething to be said for a little bit of obsession, as long as it's not the creepy, I'm-going-to-follow-you-everywhere type of craziness.

I enjoyed your introduction, as well as your poem! Lovely work.

John Hollywood from Hollywood, CA on November 29, 2014:

Great hub! I interviewed the author of one of the most famous books on this topic in one of my first hubs. Loved what you shared here! Be sure to see the confusing love with obsession hub. Voted this one up

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on November 15, 2014:

Hey Audrey, so glad you liked it and can relate (once upon a time :-) I appreciate your visit and the pin. Blessing to you, too.

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on November 15, 2014:

Hi Jan Obsessive love can be a downer, if you let it get to you. It happened to me once at a young age. Your poem expresses it well, especially with the ending. You are right that fantasizing plays a big part. I enjoyed your content and pics and other material, and thanks for sharing. Pinning hub. Blessings. Audrey

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on November 13, 2014:

Nicholas, OMG, that was a beautiful comment. It really removes the scandalous connotation from this piece and shows that true love and happiness can emerge from obsessive love. I'm so happy for you and your upcoming nuptials. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this poem hub. I appreciate the vote up, too.

Nicholas Pollock from Columbus, Ohio on November 13, 2014:

Interestingly, this reminded me more of the beginning of my relationship with my wife-to-be. New love is like an obsession, and can be very intoxicating. As I read the last stanza it made me very grateful that I will be marrying my obsession next year.

Voted up, beautiful!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 26, 2014:

Thank you for that, Kevin. I'm grateful for your taking the time to read, vote, share and pin. Very generous of you.

The Examiner-1 on October 26, 2014:

That very touching and affectionate Jan. I voted up, shared and pinned it.

Kevin

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 25, 2014:

So glad you enjoyed it and felt it. I appreciate that. Thanks for the vote.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 25, 2014:

You're very welcome, Bill. Thanks for stopping by.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 25, 2014:

Thank you much for that comment, bigj1969. I appreciate the visit.

Angie Shearer from Whangarei, Northland on October 25, 2014:

Ah lust and obsession the one you want but can't have...the secret crush...very moving piece I was there all the way....loved it voted up

Bill Armstrong from Valencia, California on October 24, 2014:

Very nice, thanks for sharing with us..

John Marshall from glasgow on October 24, 2014:

Fantastic from the first word to the last,captivating.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 23, 2014:

Hi CrisSp, good to see you. Thank you for the wonderful comment, so glad you enjoyed this poem hub. I appreciate the votes, grateful for the share!

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on October 22, 2014:

Love and obsession could be fatal but this is so well written combined with great images. So poignant.

Up, beautiful and sharing.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 22, 2014:

Thank you very much for that critique, Kim. It means a lot coming from you. I'm so glad you enjoyed the entire hub.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on October 22, 2014:

Not only is the poem lovely, the preface is beautifully written. V+ for sure. Perfect song and pics as well.

Blessings,

Kim

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 22, 2014:

Thank you for those comments, Chitrangada. The right images are always hard for me to find. It took me longer to search for and find them than it did to write and create the hub! I appreciate your visit, glad you liked the hub.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 22, 2014:

Nice expressions and a well presented hub! Love can be obsessive too, I agree.

I like the idea of some prose along with a poem. Wonderful suggestive pictures. Thanks and voted up!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 21, 2014:

It is indeed, thin! Thank you so much for that, Audrey. I'm grateful for your visit and critique.

Audrey Howitt from California on October 21, 2014:

Ohh--well done! That line between love and obsession!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 21, 2014:

Oh my, tillsontitan, very nice comments. I really appreciate your votes and your visit. Thanks for evergreen comment. I always try to write about things that speak to the human experience which will never change.

Mary Craig from New York on October 21, 2014:

I agree with everyone here, well done, timely, amazing, and so much more. It is not only relevant now but I'm sure for some time to come.

Voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 21, 2014:

Thank you, MsDora. I appreciate your critique. Thanks for stopping by.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 21, 2014:

Interesting lines! You captured the obsession in a very real way. Good job.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 21, 2014:

I think I've watched it more than that, Audrey, lol! Thanks for loving the poem. I really appreciate your visit.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 20, 2014:

Fantastic poem, Jan! You mentioned the movie "Unfaithful" in the above comment. I've watched it 4 times :) Thank you.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 20, 2014:

Mine too, Ryem. My favorite is "Unfaithful" with Diane Lane and Richard Gere. Thanks for loving the poem hub and for your visit.

Ryem from Maryland on October 20, 2014:

Some of my favorite books and movies touch on this subject of obsessive, crazy love. Your hub is amazing, I liked the poem a lot.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 20, 2014:

Thank you, my poetic friend. That means a lot. I appreciate your comments and visit. Glad you enjoyed this poem hub.

Malik S Canty from Brooklyn, NY on October 20, 2014:

Well said Talented One, as usual your work is excellent and relevant...Keep Teaching and keep the words flowing, your gifts speak for themselves...

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 20, 2014:

Thank you DDE, so many people can relate on some level to being obsessed. I'm glad you liked the poem, I appreciate the comment.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 20, 2014:

Thank you, Jodah. So glad you liked it, thanks for coming by.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 20, 2014:

So true in your actual words here a very importatant subject expressed in a lovely poem.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 19, 2014:

Wonderful hub and poem about obsessive love Jan. Well done.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 19, 2014:

Ha ha ha ha, yes, billybuc, you got it! Thanks a bunch for the visit and the comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 19, 2014:

An interesting subject, Jan, and you captured it well. Who knows what evil (obsession) lurks in the hearts, and minds, of men. :) The Shadow????