Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

Without Love


where would i be without love?
perhaps shivering naked in a closet,
never having experienced touch;
or sleeping on park benches hoping to get mugged
because violence is at least physical contact
and physical contact sometimes simulates
or at least emulates
love.

where would i be?
mouth devoid of four-letter words
and heart symbols to connect others to me,
interactions without laughter,
days without passion,
existence without meaning,
living without being,
a heart that’s not beating,
a soul that’s not healing,
a mind without imagination,
exchange without compassion,
summer without sun,
winter without Christmas,
holidays with no family,
a brain without sanity,
bare bones and flesh without a body,
eyes without tears,
no fun in conquering fear…

how could i possibly live there?!

i will build a house of love even if
all i can afford is a cardboard box without a roof
and newspaper to stuff the holes in my shoes.
i will clothe myself in patience,
waiting for love despite
my wrinkles and creases in the wrong places,
chase it til it strikes me like lightning
and just as i’m dying,
my eyes will be shining and i’ll know
it was worth trying
because life without love is death
so as i take my last breath,
i’ll just float away to live in another land that is safe
and enter the gate for those who chose to take the risk
that always comes with love

and be home.

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4 responses

  1. Hi Farah,
    I’ve been reading your poems, and just want to tell you that they’re wonderful.
    You’re a very talented writer.
    Keep up the good work.

    January 25, 2009 at 8:02 am

  2. Thanks so much!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:21 am

  3. jade

    love it…esp:

    “existence without meaning,
    living without being,
    a heart that’s not beating,
    a soul that’s not healing”

    that is truly living with out love…makes me want to have more meaning, being, beating, and healing…

    January 28, 2009 at 2:23 pm

  4. Aww, thanks, Jade! And love definitely is life-giving.

    January 29, 2009 at 12:32 am

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