Love is a word that is loosely thrown around in our world today…guess that’s okay because it is difficult to see how the word can be used in a pejorative way unless someone is using it like a gun or knife in a psychopathic or sociopathic way.
We take for granted comments like, “I love the way that movie played out!” or “I love this book!” or “I love this juicy apple!” or “I love football!” We all get the connotation when ‘love’ is invoked in this way. Very few among us would disagree that love is a most special word, a short formation of letters that goes a long way in expressing our innermost emotions for a human being, a pet, or…
Love as a noun occupies a much loftier position than the verb, in my most humble opinion. The word is in many ways sacrosanct – sacred and on the same plane as faith. “The love of God” generally conveys “faith in God” and becomes juxtaposed with our souls and theology. We can wish as a nation and as a world that this love was more encompassing and endearing.
Of course, the most emotional, exciting, exhilarating, and physically orgasmic is the love between a man and a woman, yet, not exclusively, as our world assuredly now knows of ‘same sex’ harmonious relationships. With no wish to alienate or doubt its verity and because I am most definitely hetero, I confine these comments to ‘man/woman’.
I have known those exquisite moments of love when a kiss launches me into a mad swirl of feverish passion, when all senses are focused on but one space in time, on a delirious and delicious hunger. I have known those moments when love is not with me, when I sit alone, feel the pangs of loneliness, write my lines of dubious poetry to the one who occupies my heart and mind. I have known those moments when love is threatened by insecurity and jealousy, when doubt finally leaves and I drink once more from the sweet chalice of love’s reuniting. I have alas known love’s withdrawal and the long weeks and months of despair, only to find again another coupling of hearts.
Love both blinds and gives us light. Love is one journey or it is many, and those who know of what I speak well know that, true to that soaring pursuit, it will ultimately come to spend a lifetime with us.
Love and Faith can bring gentle measures of equanimity and peace to a wayward heart and soul.
Though we can use love as our verbs, my preference is the noun. As with Faith, without love, we can be lost.
NOW, why have I briefly written about love and faith?
Two reasons, the first, innocuous enough, I hope…I simply wanted to write about love and faith because they have been so much a part of my life – superfluously, among other abstract notions. The second, rather selfish, I’m afraid… You see, I have written a romance novel which is not the typical romance novel. It has love, faith, of course, and it also has murder, mystery, and suspense.
The novel is called, Butterflies and Jellybeans – A Love Story. Don’t let the title fool you. It is my belief that ‘romance’ readers will find it to their liking – at least, that is my hope. I have shared my internet marketing ineptness in previous posts, and it’s my feeling this book should sell very well…hopefully, you will prove me right. If you do read Butterflies and Jellybeans, please tell a friend about it and/or write a review on Amazon.
Amazon US – goo.gl/A2p0qL
Amazon UK – goo.gl/nQ5ceF
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7 thoughts on “Only Love”
Thanks, Bill! Nicely said.
Thanks, Tim, and all the best.
You have a wonderful way with words Billy Ray , especially when you write about a topic such as love.
Ack!!!!!!!!!!!! I have Butterflies and Jellybeans loaded up on my Kindle, Billy and yes, I do plan to read it. I need to take one year off from work and read all of the books on my Kindle and on my book shelves. By the way, I LOVE the title!
Congratulations, Billy Ray. That was fantastic of you publishing yet another book so soon after the last one; there is definitely no keeping up with you.
Love is why we’re here, Billy Ray. Such a beautiful word! 😀
Thanks for expounding on love as a noun. That was beautifully said, beautifully written. Here’s to lots of sales with the new book!