Do you believe in love?

Masquerade of Love

As biological beings

we are born to fall in love

the desire to mate is hardwired

our sexual attraction is natural

pre-programmed in our bodies

to perpetuate the species.

It's the ultimate law of attraction

the magnetic pull

of positive and negative poles

the ying and yang,

animus and anima,

Shiva and Shakti.

We have no choice

on the biological level

if the attraction remains

at the purely sexual level.

But as human beings

we have devised

a complex system

of mental construction

and deconstruction

that we call "love"

romanticizing the biological attraction.

When we think

how love should be

we open a Pandora's box

of emotions, feelings and ideas

of our potential partner.

And this is where we get stuck

sabotaging what we want most.

Poetry by Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2017-01-16 at 18:25

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Thomas Perdue The PoetBay support member heart!
Do I believe in love? Not sure. If I wanted to sound really intellectual, I would say that a thing ceases to exist on its own terms the moment it is given a name; things cannot be understood as they are, only as we are able to understand them in our limited capacity. But since I'm not trying to sound intellectual, I'll just say there are more important things in life than biological function. Functions can't be escaped, but it's good to go on with life and let them happen as we are living our dreams.

I especially like the last line. It's quite the conundrum, self destruction sans intent.

Ivan R
So sad it is to want so much, to feel so much, to be so little in this complex lot of life when one wants so much.
Great thoughts, great words, great life in your strife in these things that occupy our minds and hearts ... this life, ah?

Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Very well analyzed. It is the constructs that give us all the problems. But then again they give us all the romanticized pleasure too. Do I believe in love? Yes. Do I know what it is exactly? No, lol

Love is so complicated even biologically, and then we go and add in our social constructs in the mix. Very astute description.

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
"As biological beings
we are born to fall in love"

i think love is a construct. we're not born to fall in love, it's a biological imperative and a cultural phenomena. we sanctify love for the common good. sometimes it works.

that's how i see it, but i like your poem and reasoning.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Often, this is what happens. For better or worse, most humans aren't good at just fornicating and moving along.

KYREUS of Sweden
Great thoughts
about great things