Her heart overflowed
Love splashed to the floor
slipped and sloshed
through cracks and vents
to the apartment below
Till the ceiling gave in
The downpour began
Neighbors grabbed buckets,
Bailed them out the windows
Rushing, gushing love filled the streets
Pedestrians swam in it
Bicycles splashed through it
Cars began to float
Buses rocked on swells
As the tide rolled to the coast
There, her love joined with the sea —
each drop so small
and also infinite.
Kara Newhouse is an aspiring picture book writer and polymath. Valentine’s Day is one of her favorite holidays because she still loves sending little cards to her friends and sweethearts. (And having an excuse to eat her favorite vegan chocolates.) You can follow Kara at her blog or on Twitter.
Very, very well done. Thank you for this gift to start my day.
Thank you, Joanne!
Thank you, Laura!
What wonderful imagery Kara. Everything buoyed up by love and merging with an ocean. Truly LOVE has no limits in this poem.
“Buoyed up by love” — a great phrase to keep in mind about how I want to treat others. Thanks for your kind words!
I love how filled this woman’s heart was!!! Her cup runneth over!
Thank you, Virginia! I was thinking of the phrase “my cup runneth over” when I wrote this. I remember when I first heard that phrase (watching the movie “Hope Floats”) and it’s always been such a visual one to me.
A poetic valentine. Well done!
Oh how beautiful! I can picture hearts filling the city!
Thanks, Erik! So much scope for illustration — too bad I’m not an illustrator, too!
Thanks! It WOULD be fun to be one of those bicyclists splashing their wheels through the flow of love, wouldn’t it?
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I love this with my own small infinite drop of love!