Valentine’s Day—a wonderful celebration for some, a day to get through—to get over—for others. But no matter your present situation, if you have had love in your life—even lost love—it has changed you, hopefully expanded your heart, given you an even greater capacity for love.
I first wrote this poem in 1969. I was 21 years old. I have “dinked” with it over the years, adding the perspective of time. But the message is basically intact. It speaks for itself. I hope it helps my readers to understand that we not only need to be loved, but we also need to love others. And each time we do, our hearts expand, making room for more love.
Time and Loss
I watch time and distance recede,
into smooth, rolling hills
against a brilliant sky.
Like the leveling peaks,
pain and loss recedes,
releasing my mind,
quieting that place in my heart
reserved for you and you alone.
Not saying that I’ll never love again,
nor that another cannot enter in.
But time can never take the past away.
It cannot make the feelings felt,
the laughter heard, the seasons shared
pass into moments never lived,
nor keep this heart
from loving moments given.
For I know in life there will always be
a time when there was only
you and me.
Copyright: Laurel Jean Becker February 13, 2014