Love Is…

Typically when I’m at a loss with a prompt I start with the dictionary. I know what the word means, but seeing how Mr. Webster defines it might spark something in my mind. As you can see below, there are 28 ways to define love:

1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. 

  1. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend. 
  2. sexual passion or desire. 
  3. a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart. 
  4. (used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like): Would you like to see a movie, love?
  5. love affair; an intensely amorous incident; amour. 
  6. sexual intercourse; copulation. 
  7. (initial capital letter) a personification of sexual affection, as Eros or Cupid. 
  8. affectionate concern for the well-being of others: the love of one’s neighbor.
  9. strong predilection, enthusiasm, or liking for anything: her love of books.
  10. the object or thing so liked: The theater was her great love.
  11. the benevolent affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to God. 
  12. Chiefly Tennis. a score of zero; nothing. 
  13. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter L.

—verb (used with object), loved, lov·ing.

  1. to have love or affection for: All her pupils love her.
  2. to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for (another person). 
  3. to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in: to love music.
  4. to need or require; benefit greatly from: Plants love sunlight.
  5. to embrace and kiss (someone), as a lover
  6. to have sexual intercourse with. 

—verb (used without object), loved, lov·ing.

  1. to have love or affection for another person; be in love. 

—Verb phrases 

  1. love up, to hug and cuddle: She loves him up every chance she gets.


  1. for love, 
    1. out of affection or liking; for pleasure. 
    2. without compensation; gratuitously: He took care of the poor for love.
  2. for the love of, in consideration of; for the sake of: For the love of mercy, stop that noise.
  3. in love, infused with or feeling deep affection or passion: a youth always in love.
  4. in love with, feeling deep affection or passion for (a person, idea, occupation, etc.); enamored of: in love with the girl next door; in love with one’s work.
  5. make love, 
    1. to embrace and kiss as lovers. 
    2. to engage in sexual activity. 
  6. no love lost, dislike; animosity: There was no love lost between the two brothers.
Origin: before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English lufu, cognate with Old Frisian luve, Old High German luba,Gothic lubō; (v.) Middle English lov(i)en,Old English lufian; cognate with Old Frisian luvia, Old High German lubōn to love, Latin lubēre (later libēre) to be pleasing; akin to lief 
If the definition doesn’t work to spark and idea for a post, I just start writing. I’m thinking unfiltered, with the plan of revising and editing most of it before I publish. That may be where the more bizarre stream of consciousness posts I’ve written on occasion originated. 
So: I love my children. I love writing. I love music. I love theater. I love art. I love my dogs. I have had romantic love.
What exactly does it mean? 
What exactly is it that I feel? I close my eyes think about this I love, and the people I have loved, and the things I love to do. It is a feeling very close to pain, anguish, an open abdominal wound. The first definition is the closest for me. As painful as it is, it’s everything. 
Daily Post

March 14, 2015
Daily Prompt
I Want to Know What Love Is

We each have many types of love relationships — parents, children, spouses, friends. And they’re not always with people; you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all the varieties of “love”?

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