love is all

by Stacy Barton on July 1, 2012

love.

is there anything we want more? any more basic need?

success, fortune, fame, power, legacy perhaps.  i suppose some strive for these, but i know what i long for and what i yearn to give.  it is one and the same: love.

glorious, failed, subjective, complete, faltering, unearned, sacrificial, foibled, falling short, rising above, wishing, stumbling, aching love. “to love and be loved,” is my mantra, as the carved words in the bow sprite of my novel showed me.  for me, love is all.

my eldest daughter has 1 corinthians 13 tatooed on her foot.  the “love chapter.”

like her, i think love is why i seek god, why i reach for, receive, channel god’s unending love.  for me god and love are the same – the same energy, the same entity, the same truth and reality.  god and love embody each other.

but that is another conversation.  what i really was mulling was how love is at the center for me…what binds me to my husband, what motivates me with my children, what encourages me with my friends.

edna st vincent millay wrote it well in her sonnet “love is not all:”

“Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.”

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Beverley July 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another… Romans 8:9

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Stacy Barton July 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm

“like” beverley

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Deena Ruth July 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I love this Stacy and of course I love YOU. But when it comes to love – for me anyway – besides your wisdom words, I also look to Carrie – Bradshaw that is, from Sex and the City. My favorite quote of all time from the series – and of course, it’s about L.O.V.E.

“I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”~Carrie

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Stacy Barton July 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

oh yes deena – love covers all! with, between and in us!

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