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To Love Is To Liveis a collection of poems that deeply describes the feelings that love can bring. Love is a roller coaster ride that allows lovers feel moments of sheer joy?the feeling that the whole world has stopped, and their love is the only thing that exists. Hearts beat as one, and the rest of the world is distant, existing far from their emotional core.
Yet love can also leave someone feeling that their whole life has been shattered; the world has suddenly become a dark,...
To Love Is To Liveis a collection of poems that deeply describes the feelings that love can bring. Love is a roller coaster ride that allows lovers feel moments of sheer joy—the feeling that the whole world has stopped, and their love is the only thing that exists. Hearts beat as one, and the rest of the world is distant, existing far from their emotional core.
Yet love can also leave someone feeling that their whole life has been shattered; the world has suddenly become a dark, empty space seemingly overnight. The emotions of love cover the spectrum from total bliss to pure misery. These emotions cannot be denied; their strength over the hearts of lovers cannot be ignored. Some may yearn to feel the emotional high that love causes, but are scared to feel the hurt that sometimes comes along with it. Both the joy and the pain, though, are essential to being human. If you have not experienced love, you have not lived.
Love’s curse is evil in itself;
It preys on hearts of lovers at a time of weakness,
Like a baby seal in the middle of the ocean.
It seeks the souls of emptiness,
And strikes at their most vulnerable,
Like a hunter who follows its prey …
My Everything A world without you is dark, Like a city with no lights. A world without you is empty, Like a forest with no trees. There are no colors when you are gone; Shades of gray become the norm. There is no beauty in a world without you; There is no love felt when you are away. A world without you is cold. I shiver as if left alone on an iceberg, With no hand to reach out to me, And no voice to soothe my worries. A world without you is like a flower with no sunshine; It is lifeless and suffocating. Without you, I am nothing; I am but a lonely, empty rocking chair, Rocking back and forth, waiting for you to come back to me. You are my world; You bring light to my darkest moments, Like light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. You bring rain to ease my pain, To wash away misery and heartbreak. You bring sweet sorrow, which I would share with no one other than you. You are my heart, love, and world; You are my everything. You're the missing piece in my life that I've been searching for all these years, The last piece to my complicated puzzle. I never could dream of living a single moment without you in my life, Because everything in my world revolves around you. You are the sun in my day, And the moon in my night. I love you always, My soul, lover, and friend, My everything. Miss You I miss you, Like a flower misses its petals. I miss everything about you, Like a desert misses the storm's raindrops. The way you talk to me brings a smile to my face; The feelings of joy and bliss creep into my day. The moment you laugh, I witness flowers bloom. Those same flowers have lost their petals and miss them greatly, Just as I have lost you, my dear, and miss you greatly, too. The raindrops that bring wet weather to the desert Are the raindrops that symbolize you when you are mad, For even though those raindrops bring havoc, They are still missed by the desert, As even your moments of anger are missed by me. Because they are soon followed by a long-awaited smile, A smile that breaks through the stormy clouds, And sheds much needed sunlight on a sad situation. Everything about you is missed, All the good and bad, Which complement each other, As a rainbow complements rainfall.
Sometimes, I sit and wonder If you feel the love I feel. As I hear the rain and thunder, I question if this love is real.
I look at the moon, And wonder if you're looking at it, too; I see the stars in tune, And all I can think of is you.
I can't help but feel this love for him; I can't help but miss him greatly; Every passing day hurts my heart and limbs, Since I have not felt his loving touch lately.
I ask myself why; Can this misery be true? I feel as though I want to die, And start life brand new.
Because trying so hard Feels like drowning in sand; I can't breathe; I can hardly stand.
I wish you were here, To save me from the pain; I wish you were here, To pull me out of the rain.
It seems as if waiting for you Would take forever, But for you ... I could never say never.
My Thief You're a thief; You stole my heart When I wasn't looking. My soul was taken by you When I least expected it. You held my breath captive, Against my own will. You ran off with my love, Planning never to return it. You hid my night and day, So that I would wander in life With no direction. You stole everything that is me. My heart was stolen with your innocent smile; You took my soul with your sweet voice. My love ran off with your heart, Like two young lovers living a fantasy. My breath was taken prisoner by your beauty. For when the sight of your dark eyes and innocent lips crossed my path, It took my breath hostage and I was left to suffocate in your beauty. You hid my day and night for the sole purpose of making me think of only you, So that forever, you will stay burned in my mind. You've taken away all that is me ... and I love you for it. Do You? Do you think of me when you sleep? As dreams play in your mind, Do I happen to appear? And if I do, are you happy with delight? Or do you wake up panting from a horrible nightmare? Do you think of me when you cry? Do such tears fall because I'm the only one to bring happiness to a sad moment? Or are they tears of misery that I alone afflict on you with a thought of me? Do you think of me when you smile? Or does your smile slowly fade away As a thought of me stumbles across your mind? Do you think of me when you're happy? If so, are you happy because you're thinking of me? Or does your happiness become anger When I cross your path? Is your anger and sadness controlled by my presence or absence? Do I affect your breathing as the rain affects the weather? Do I steal your breath away? Or do I suffocate you with every thought of my being? When you love, do you think of me? For if you are not loving me, Do you think of the times when you did? When you close your eyes, do I happen to walk by? Or is my face blurry in your mind? When rain falls, do you remember me? If so, is it because the rain can bring beauty in mysterious ways? Or is it because rain brings sorrow to your day? When the ocean crashes on the shore, Do you think of holding my hand? Do you wonder about the future we might have had? Would it have been eternal like the ocean before you? Do you think of me ever throughout your days? Because like a guilty conscience, You are always on my mind.
My day has lost its meaning, Like a book with no words. My night has grown longer and longer, Never ending, like the days of summer. My sleep comes but once in a while; Like a moon eclipse, it is rare. Food no longer has taste; My senses have run off with my broken heart. The rainbow is colorless; Nothing but black and white reflect off the paintings of life. The ocean gives no waves; The water sits lifeless on the ocean floor. The mountains have lost their majesty; They exhibit the size of anthills in life's dismay. Leaves have been taken from the trees; They stand naked in embarrassment. The sky has no more clouds; It floats above the earth in its lonesome. The sun has lost its warmth; It has no heat, like an abandoned home. The air gives rise to no wind; Everything stands still like a painting in a museum. The world has not been a fool alone, For I, too, have lost something. I've lost the love of my life, The one who holds my heart in his hands. I've lost my soul mate; I've lost my heart. The world is left in misery, Because I have lost you.
Hurt It hurts when I think of you; Pain strikes when I hear your name; Your words haunt my mind, As dreams haunt a child. It hurts when I remember your face, Knowing I may never see it again. My heart is left in agony When I remember how much I loved you. It's more tormenting than words can explain. A knife has thrust itself through my heart. Blood drips through my fingertips. My eyes have been blinded by the pain I have endured. I can no longer feel the salty tears as they drip down my face. My feelings have been numbed by the emptiness you have left me with. I have no warmth left in my emotionless body; As my body lies on the cold wooden floor, I feel the wood grains against my face. My soul wanders lifelessly with loneliness and confusion, Like a young calf with no direction. I'm lost without you by my side, Like a puppy abandoned in a broken home. My life has lost its meaning without your hand in mine; My days have gone dark without the sound of your voice. My nights haunt me because you're not lying with me. I've desired your love for so long that I know of nothing else. And now, I sit empty handed and cast aside, With only tears to keep me company. I've been running this marathon alone, Only to be announced the loser of the race. All my love for you has been replaced with pain and sorrow. I feel no other man could take your place. Like reserved seats of a theater, you belong to me. No other man can make me smile or have my heart beat like you do. Not a soul in this world can make my tears flow as you do. Like the clouds above, you control the rainfall from my eyes. And you make me lose sleep like a pill I've become addicted to. No other man can make me crazy as you do. But what hurts the most Is knowing that no other man can make me love as you do. Was It? I thought of you day and night; You followed my thoughts like birds on a beach. I would call just to hear you say my name, Knowing the faintest whisper of your voice would make my day. When I wished you sweet dreams, I would pray for an angel to visit you at night, To lift any burdens off your shoulders, And let you feel alive without worry, Like a young child at play. I was determined to lessen life's pain on your soul; I tried my hardest to fight off demons that would haunt you, As a gladiator would fight off enemies at war. I would try to catch a glimpse of you even if only for seconds, Yet the time played in my mind in slow motion, Like a slow replay of a scene of a movie. I showed you care and compassion, As a dove would display to its mate. I gave you unconditional love, Regardless of triumphs or trouble. My love for you was always an endless amount, Like the water that flows down Niagara Falls. Through the heartfelt effort that I put toward you, Even if they were failed attempts, Was it ever enough?
There is something that hurts a person beyond belief. It creeps in the night and mocks the hearts of lovers; It is something that hides the sunshine and replaces it with dark clouds overhead. It stirs the ocean until it brings about waves of distress. Rain falls until the rivers overflow and the mountains drown as a result of it. It causes the sand in the desert to suffocate from the cruelty of the heat it compels. Like the death-defying heat of the chambers of hell, It burns the flesh of earth's angels, Makes the leaves fall from the trees in order to escape its horror and pain. There is something that turns the colors of the rainbow into shades of gray, And turns red roses black and prevents the moon from shining. It erases all the sparkling stars in the sky, And replaces them with flames that drip to the earth below; Such dripping flames represent damnation in the sky of hell. There is something that makes creatures of every kind cry from its misery and agony. It is one-sided love.
Unloved The feeling slapped me in my face; It mocked with laugher as I gave birth to new tears of hatred. I knew what it was right away. Its face appeared on wanted signs throughout the streets. My heart dropped, and my throat tightened up. My face grew red with pain, My palms began to sweat, and my legs went numb. I felt like a baby learning to walk for the first time. My knees weakened as the strain on my heart became more and more. Life suddenly froze, and the world stopped revolving. The noises of life became muffled; I was caught in a daze of darkness, As if I were falling down a black hole with no end. I watched in horror and disbelief as my whole world crashed in front of me. My mind was confused by all the different emotions swirling inside me. Betrayal and hurt found their way to my heart. I felt like a fool. Had my feelings been spent in vain? On a person who strived to burn my insides starting with my heart? My head ached from all the questions that ran through my mind. My heart broke from the pain I was feeling. My soul cried from the hurt that was being inflicted on it. This day was the most painful day of my life. The day I knew you did not love me.
I Loved You From the first time I saw your smile, I fell in love as quickly as a drop of water falls from a leaf; As helplessly and quickly as that drop of water falls to the earth, I fell for your laughter and the words that you spoke. As the leaf said farewell to its beloved raindrop, I, too, kissed my heartbeat goodbye and signed over my soul. As the raindrop crashed on the earth, my eyes drew shut, And I stood in mere darkness; It was not until I blinked that I noticed no darkness had taken place at all, For I had been lost in a trance while staring deep into your eyes. Soon, another raindrop fell, Only to be followed by a storm overhead. I begged you to take shelter with me; Instead, you pushed me away, knocking me into the mud. I sat shivering as I watched you walk away, Like a forgotten flower in a garden never picked; You never looked back once. The lovely raindrop was no more; Its beauty lost its meaning once the many drops followed. It was special no longer, as it was just one of the many raindrops, As I, too, was just one of the many fools to become heartbroken. I suddenly began patting my chest; My heart no longer was beating. Then I realized my heart was gone, Because I have lost your heart, And my heart was one with yours ...
Your Eyes In your eyes, I saw my future, Like a psychic and her crystal ball. I saw us walking down the beach at sunset; No wave could tear our hands apart. Lying together talking until sunrise. Two small grains of sand lying among the many. I imagined taking care of you and you taking care of me. Tangled and intertwined like the hairs on your head. Us fighting, but then making up afterward. I witnessed the rough times followed by the good, Like sunshine beaming after a tsunami. I thought of rubbing your feet after a long day of work. Showing my dedication to appeal to your senses. I felt me hugging you until you grew tired of me. I endured a kiss from you on my forehead when I was mad at you. I glimpsed a look at us traveling and exploring the world together, Flying above the earth like two free birds, No direction in mind and only our love to fall back on. I experienced everything emotional in your eyes. But what hurts the most is, In your eyes, I saw our children ...
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