What Is Love and What It’s Not (Poem)

Updated on February 10, 2018
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Chitrangada likes to express her creative mind by writing fiction and poetry.They reflect her mood and are inspired by the beauty of Nature.

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What is Love, and What it’s not!—a Poem to explore the true meaning of Love.

What is love, and what it’s not.
Love is a feeling, a difficult one, to explain,
Love can be felt, through eyes, through touch,
Love can be felt, through heart, through soul,
Love can be selfless, it can also be selfish,
Love is possessive, it is also sacrificial,
Love is pure, unconditional, it can also be conditional,
Love can limit you, it can be infinite too.
Love means mutual admiration, and respect.
Love can liberate you, but it also binds,
Love means desires, but it also means sacrifice.
Love can make you strong, it can also weaken you,
Love doesn’t need you to be near,
Love can be felt from a distance too,
Love doesn’t mind imperfections,
Love is itself complete, and wholesome.

Chitrangada Sharan


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      srsddn 5 hours ago from Dehra Dun, India

      And its innumerable manifestations are intriguing. Beautifully expressed, Chitrangada.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 7 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Wow! Those are wonderful lines.

      You are a poet by heart, and I truly value your presence on my poems, and your feedback.

      Thank you Hari Ji for appreciating!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 7 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MsDora, for appreciating the poem!

      I am pleased to read your comments. Truly appreciated.

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well!

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      Hari Prasad S 7 days ago from Bangalore

      Awesome lines chitrangadaji.

      Love is chemistry, is well known,

      but its formulae is a mystery unknown.

      - hari

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      Dora Weithers 7 days ago from The Caribbean

      The opposing phrases are very effective in your description of love. Happy Valentine's!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 8 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Shaloo, for reading and appreciating!

      Glad you liked it!

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      swalia 8 days ago

      Beautifully penned!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 8 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for reading and commenting Thelma!

      Yes, love is a beautiful feeling, which we must have. It’s a blessing to be loved by someone.

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well!

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      Thelma Alberts 8 days ago from Germany

      Beautiful words. Love is sometimes complicated but it is nice to love and to be loved. Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 9 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you GlenR, for your insightful comments!

      Scott C. Peck has an interesting point of view.

      You are right, love should not be limited to near and dear ones. It should be spread across, to all those who really need it. Loving fellow human beings, helping them out, spreading happiness, is in fact loving The Almighty.

      Thank you for your kind visit and valuable comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 9 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Peg Cole, for stopping by!

      Yes, everyone is talking about love, since the Valentine’s Day is near. I am amazed at how the definition of love changes from person to person, from time to time. I certainly look at it differently, from the time when I was a teenager.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 9 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you FlourishAnyway, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this poem!

      Appreciate your kind visit and support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 10 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Linda, for your kind visit and comments!

      You are right, love is a complex emotion, with different shades, and sometimes they can be grey too.

      Appreciate your thoughts and support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 10 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Louise Powles, for appreciating the poem! Yes, life is meaningless without love.

      Appreciate your visit and comments!

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      GlenR 10 days ago from UK

      Interesting thoughts.

      The most thought provoking idea I ever read about love was written by the psychologist Scott C. Peck, who said that the word and concept ‘love’ is a verb, not an adjective. I try to incorporate this idea into my responses to family and friends. To me, love is prioritising the health and happiness of these people. Love can, of course, also be universal and demonstrated by charitable works.Wishing you a Happy Vaentine’s Day.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 10 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Manatita, for appreciating the theme of the poem!

      I feel satisfied, when I am able to put the message across. And it means a lot, when you appreciate.

      Love is an important emotion, which we must have in our lives. It is the very basis of our being. It has different forms and shades, but they are all beautiful, and bring us closer to the divine.

      Many thanks for reading and appreciating!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 10 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You billybuc, for reading and commenting!

      No, not even me can define love. But it’s a beautiful feeling, an emotion, which everyone of us must have.

      Thank You for your support and wish you a good day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 10 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Peggy Woods, for your valuable thoughts on this hub!

      Yes, there are so many shades in love, and it’s meaning changes from one relationship to another. But love in any form is beautiful and the very basis of our lives.

      Thank You for commenting!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 10 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Harish Ji, for stopping by and appreciating the hub!

      It took me some time, to decide upon the title. I am glad it worked. So many poems are written on Love, therefore I wanted this one to be different.

      Thanks for your continued support! Truly appreciated!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 10 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Threekeys, for understanding the theme!

      I sometimes wonder at the vast implications of love in our lives, all in different ways, with different relations.

      Many thanks for stopping by and share your thoughts!

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      Peg Cole 10 days ago from Dallas, Texas

      It can also be a poem as beautiful and timely as yours! Loved this.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 11 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for your kind words of appreciation for this poem!

      Yes, love has multiple meanings and forms. But it is the very basis of our lives. Without love, life is meaningless.

      Thanks for your valuable feedback!

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      FlourishAnyway 11 days ago from USA

      Love is complex and full of contrasts, as you point out.

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      Linda Crampton 11 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting poem that is also thought provoking. Love is a complex emotion!

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      Louise Powles 11 days ago from Norfolk, England

      That's such a lovely poem. Love is such a beautiful thing.

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      manatita44 11 days ago from london

      To me, a brilliant piece! We can't all be as eloquent as Bullah Shah, but your piece is so wholesome; so inclusive ... I'm so happy that you see it in ignorance as well as being complete. In short, Love is ALL. So beautiful!!

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      Bill Holland 11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I can't define it. I just know when I feel it. I leave the definition to you. You are much better at it than I am.

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      Peggy Woods 11 days ago from Houston, Texas

      You have captured the feeling of being in love beautifully. Love completes a person and makes us whole. It even crosses the plain of life into the afterlife. Love cannot be diminished by death. As you so nicely wrote "Love can be felt from a distance too."

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      Harish Mamgain 11 days ago from India, New Delhi

      Great analysis of love in this very beautiful poem ! We live a wonderful life if we love ; without love, we just spend our time.

      I enjoyed each word , as from reading the title, I was instantly drawn to the poem, and was curious to know what you were going to say all about love.

      Nice work , Chitrangada Sharan.

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      Threekeys 11 days ago from Australia

      Love means different things to different people. I liked how you described love as being both expansive and constrictive. Forever a dance between opposites.

      A sweet poem. Peace and Happiness to you and your loved ones.

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      Devika Primić 11 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Everything about what love is and love is not. I feel love daily and love can ruin people too. You said a lot about love and i felt each word.

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