Love Is..


I believe love is the greatest and the most powerful emotion of all emotions we feel as human beings. Every person needs love in whatever form they can get. If we have love from our children, friends, lovers or partner, and some from pets, (or blog readers), love is the one thing that would make us feel good about ourselves. I truly believe love makes us better people. In this application, the love I am referring to is the romantic kind. I also hope I am interpreting this challenge the right way.

In a recent Valentine’s Day Challenge, my friend MillieThom nominated me to write ten four-word phrases about LOVE. The phrases must represent what I believe is love. Then, I must state one favorite love quote from a book, a movie or a famous person and then tag ten other bloggers to do the challenge as well. I have nominated a dozen. I believe that love is important to all of us – friends, readers and writers. It is a good challenge for poets and romance writers but as writers in general, we all would have or will experience and write about love at some point, so if I nominate you, have a go! as we say in Australia.

Here are my ten, four word phrases about LOVE:

Love is . . .

….. magic without spoken words

……a temptress at play

……an arrow of doom

……seeing quicksand at work

…….a work of art

….. soft strings in tangle

……knowing, hearts can open

……a devil in disguise

……a wild, crazy emotion

……soars when hearts entwine

…….a song of hearts

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Now for my favourite love quote – (I can’t do a short phrase for love)

A love message from Bob Marley.

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
― Bob Marley

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I have nominated a dozen love messengers. I could have done more, but I was told to do ten. Have fun!


Let’s Cut The Crap

Nomzi Kumalo

Jambo Robyn

Patrick Jones

The Big House and Other Stories

Chris The Story Reading Ape’s blog

Jack Henry Kraven

Love Letters to Spam

glimmer of happiness

Crime Fiction Writer Sue Coletta

Power Plant Men



20 thoughts on “Love Is..”

  1. Lovely post, Joycelin. Your sentences are excellent and the Bob Marley ‘quote’ gives ua a lot to think about. As for the query about the time limit on this tag post, I don’t know either. I don’t know the person who started it, but it was set up as a Valentine’s thing. I think the tilte ‘Love In Four Words’ could apply to any time of year. Someone I nominated did about family love, so nothing to do with Valentine’s Day. The way the tags are passed on means it’s going to go on way past Valentine’s anyway. Sorry I can’t be any more help on that. 🙂


    1. Hey June, I am posting YOU on my blog tonight. There was something you wrote about “blog is the place where the journey to my book had begun”. I also have a copy of your ‘possible’ book cover – I meant to surprise you, but oh well.. 🙂


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