“Love” by Robert Indiana, 6th Avenue at 55th Street, New York City. Photo by Jennifer Howland Hill.
“Love” is likely the most difficult word to define. We talk about what it means, but definitions fail to hit the mark. Since it finds meaning in action and in character, we describe love more than we define it.
“Love means” was the final prompt for Love Notes 27. Peggy, again, did not disappoint as she shared a poem which demonstrates the evolving meaning(s) of love as she travels the decades.
By Peggy L.
At the age of 10
Love means my mama’s smile and a hug.
At the age of 20
Love means bodies tangled in the sheets.
At the age of 30
Love means walking my sweet daughter to class before heading to work.
At the age of 40
Love means letting my baby find her own life, away from me.
At the age of 50
Love means discovering myself and learning to paint.
At the age of 60
I’ll let you know.
I love how the poem touches on parental love, romantic love, self-love, and the “unknowns” of love.
As for my part, exhausted and with a mile-long to-do list I couldn’t even attempt. I went to the Source of Love and sent my partner 1 Corinthians 13:4-8–but again, that describes rather than defines love, and there are more negatives than positives in the description.
According to 1 John 4:8. God is love. Love, therefore, is as complex and multifaceted as God. Perhaps, this is what makes it difficult to define.
If you missed Peggy’s responses to LN 27 Prompt 1 and Prompt 2, be sure click the previous link–twice!
About the image: The postcard above was sent to me by my friend Cy after a trip to New York last summer.
From the postcard back: The artist, Robert Indiana, settled in New York City in 1954 and began making pop art. His most famous work, Love, was originally designed as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1964. The image quickly became a symbol of peace at a time when the country had become involved in the Viet Nam War. The 12-foot sculpture was installed at the corner of 6th Avenue and 55th Street in 1971, two blocks from MoMA. It has become one of the most photographed icons in New York City. Every day thousands of couples visit the sculpture and awkwardly ask a stranger to take their photograph.