The War Of Love

     I heard a song on the radio that likened being in love to being at war, and this is what came out of that premise. I have said before that inspiration can come in many forms and in many ways. I hope you that you will enjoy it and remember that; it is only a poem, and certainly not a reflection of the author’s view of relationships. And that your “battlefields” are few, but your surrender is unconditional.

     I hope that you all had a great holiday, and that your weekend will be even better.


It only hurts forever!

It only hurts forever!

 The War Of Love

I never got a medal

pinned upon my chest,

nor an award citation

with some official’s crest.

No, there was no ceremony

no sabers or white gloves,

and no marks upon my body

when I was wounded in the war of love.


There was no parade

no marching bands,

no dignitaries

on reviewing stands,

and no letter of commendation

had come from up above.

Though my heart was scarred

when I was wounded in the war of love.


So, there’ll be no bagpipes playing

when I am laid to rest,

though, through each and every skirmish

I thought I gave my best.

But, always when the smoke had cleared

and push had come to shove,

there I stood the bleeding one

wounded in the war of love.


Perhaps Saint Peter

at the Gate,

will explain to me then

my mortal fate.

Why I chose the hawk

and not the dove,

and my soul still hurts,

from being wounded in the war of love?


Jack Downing

June 2013

Copyright© Jack Downing, aka Jake All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or disseminated in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author. JRD. 7/6/13



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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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4 Responses to The War Of Love

  1. adeeyoyo says:

    Lovely, Jake. It sure can hurt much worse than any physical pain. Well told!

  2. Beth Ann says:

    Wow. That is a one truthful poem!!! Love can hurt but hopefully love can also heal. Have a great day!

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