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It's Better to Have Loved and Lost

by WinnyWriter

"'Tis better to have loved and lost

   Than never to have loved."

This saying we've heard, but how much meaning

   Does it really have for us?

How can it be true when the things we've held

   To our hearts most precious and dear

Are suddenly gone and we are left

   In questioning and tears?


This saying has a meaning deep -

   More than we often know -

For love is a miracle that helps us

   Down in our hearts to grow.

There's something deeply beautiful

   About loving till it hurts,

And somehow it stretches out space in our soul

   When our heart this love exerts.


Love has a way of changing us,

   Transforming us deep within;

It softens and makes us tender

   Where cold walls of fear have been.

Love shares in both tears and laughter,

   It learns to give and take;

It practices self-denial

   For its loved one's sake.


Love touches us deep in our inmost heart,

   Reveals beauty we never had seen;

It opens us up to the sweetness of trust

   Where once all turned inward we'd been.

Love awakens our tenderest being,

   Shares deepest friendship - and then

Once our hearts have been thus unlocked,

   We're never the same again.


There's something sweet about loving

   That's beautiful even in pain,

And even when love must learn the song of forgiveness,

   It still has a lovely refrain.

For the love that knows how to say, "I forgive you,"

   How can it be withstood?

It touches the offended and the offender,

   Changing each for the better, for good.


Love is one of life's sweetest choices,

   Although it encounters pain,

And loving always leaves us

   With lessons of richest gain.

Who would trade its experience

   For all the wealth in the world,

Or claim they're "getting along just fine without it,"

   Yet still be alone in the cold?


Love is life's greatest mystery -

   It's so precious, yet how much it can hurt

To open ourselves up to love and be loved

   And all the powers of caring exert.

Yet there's something irresistible

   About answering love's sweet call,

And it's better to have loved and lost

   Than never to have loved at all.


(Copyright 2018)

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Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:40 pm
dahlia58 wrote a review...

This is an incredibly touching poem. Indeed, love is a sweet sorrow that most humans can't fully live or grow without. Personally, I do believe there are exceptions to this rule, but in 8 out of 10 cases, it is better to lose love than to never have loved at all. I also liked the well-organized stanza structure of this poem. My favorite line is the "beautiful even in pain" line. It conveys the speaker's emotion clearly.

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Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:46 am
ColdOne wrote a review...

This is true. Love is the greatest mystery. Some will never find it, and some will. The one's that say they get alone without it just fine are people who have once been scared by it, and are afriad to reach and love someone in fear that they may yet agian be hurt by it. I know what I have told is true because it happened to me, but even though I had to move on, and continue with my life. Also, alrhough love is a wonderful thing, it can also be lined with posion and hated. Well, that kind of love is only for your greatest enimes. Please continue writing, beacuse in a matter of minutes you have made me contemplate everything I know of love.

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