This Love

Many years ago

I stood before the gathering

Of family and friends

And I spoke to you about this love.


This love so fine

And I described it with ancient words

Love lives on with us

Into our old age.


How was I to know at that moment

What was to be ahead

The trajectory of love

And the precious task of its growth?


To learn to love and accept

To sit in this heart space

Of unconditional regard

To appreciate how we age and evolve.


This older version of love

Perhaps not so rare

Yet still so fine

Fills me with gratitude.

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