Published August 17, 2020

Whats love got to do with it?

by Ed Ahern
(Fairfield, Connecticut, USA)
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What's love got to do with it?

A little word that carries heavy loads,
Of caring, lusting feelings, coarse and fine,
Of heavy meanings, shaped by hints and codes,
Of godly wants and heathen needs enshrined.

A sanguine word so often misapplied
If used too loudly it’s a toast or boast
If used too softly it’s a lover’s lie
If used with malice it’s an evil ghost

A word whose phrasing shifts with time and age
Into a silver black with use and care
Into a band of gold with worn off gauge
Into a skin with looks no longer fair.

This little word with meanings lank and loose
Is what we use to help us self-seduce.

Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence
and international sales. He’s had over two hundred fifty stories and
poems published so far, and five books. Ed works the other side of
writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and
manages a posse of five review editors.

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