To Love

Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky

To love
is to give up
one’s freedom
so as to be free
to love another
more than self
in a bondage
by love

“We love the things we love for what they are.” ~ Robert Frost, Hyla Brook


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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8 Responses to To Love

  1. rivrvlogr says:

    Bondage may be considered involuntary, as is love in most cases, but, although (mutual) love is a bond I like to think of love as other than bondage.


  2. Crow says:

    It’s a real balancing act, giving up yourself for another person, not knowing how much to give up or not even knowing yourself well enough to understand what you’re giving up.


    • Such love is only possible when it is reciprocated . . . Otherwise the bondage one accepts is not freedom, and the power relinquished becomes the other’s tyranny . . . How many loves crash & burn on such rocks!

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  3. 50 years and I’m still trying to figure it out


  4. the eternal contradiction…


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