I’d like to open with this famous quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, which resounds loudly:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

We find that love has a power all its own. It is said, “Faith can move mountains”. So too can love! It surely can move hearts. And minds. Love can make us do crazy things willingly. Apparently, the cause of love is a noble fight. It has been the fodder of poets and muses for as long as we’ve been able to put words to these emotions. There are many aspects of love that we have experienced or have put an expression to.

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” ~Lao Tzu

Then, we are told “love is blind”. And yet we speak of “love at first sight.”

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.“ ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

This quote is solely responsible for the title of my blog, Through the Eyes of a Poet’s Heart. The heart feels what is not easily seen.

We paint hearts blood red at Valentine’s Day; or purple to represent passion. So we accept these as the colors of love.

“The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to feel the pain” ~Jennifer Aniston

And feel the pain of love, we do! The emotion of love encompasses all we feel. Feeling love is another aspect of which poets across the ages have found need to decipher. Whether laced with perfume or emitting pheromones, there is a certain scent associated with the process of love.

Of course:

“You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss!“ ~Composer Herman Hupfeld from “As Time Goes On”

That tender sip of a kiss is most savored, and is the expression that seals the fact that something special is afoot… um, aheart! But, where does love start?

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta

So it can be asserted quite accurately then that love indeed attacks the senses.

We’ve mentioned the sight, feel, smell and taste of love. But consider these thoughts:

“Love is a friendship set to music.” ~ Joseph Campbell

“The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the one we love.” ~Jean de la Bruyere

“Love is a single note sung by two hearts.” ~some unknown poet from near Buffalo way

“The first duty of love is to listen.“ ~ Paul Tillich

and conversely

“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells… get your ears checked.” ~Author Erich Segal

One last quotation on love:

“Love is the poetry of the senses“ ~ Honore de Balzac

Certainly, it always comes back to poetry! That is after all, why we’re here! So, that brings us to our cause for this prompt: The Sound of Love.

What is the timber of a kiss? What is the sound of an embrace? What cacophony resides in a broken heart? What does that voice inside your head say when you fall in love? What rumble fills your stomach when you fall out of love?

Explore the SOUND of love.

We begin hear. (Yes, a deliberate typo!)


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