Love Is Bigger Than Chocolates & Roses

It's nice to get treats from someone on Valentine's Day. To be a special someone. But if you look at love through a wider lens, you might see Lloyd behind the post office counter, supremely patient, kind and always helpful. You might see Keisha, not that you've ever said more than hello to her before she takes your order, but you spotted her last weekend with an infant and toddler, waiting for a bus. You might see the line outside Durham Rescue Mission, not just on Christmas Eve, and think about the volunteer cooks inside and those outside in line, backs to a January wind.

14 Words For Love creates events (opportunities) to express kindness, empathy, thanks, compassion, and peace to one another. To appreciate each other; to honor our humanity.

14-word poems, aphorisms or stories are written to be shared with anyone, even strangers.

We create to connect. To remind each other that love is bigger than diamonds or chocolate hearts. Love trumps politics, religious and cultural differences, adjusted gross income and gender identity.

Enjoy these poems from last year's event... think about joining us this year (beginning Jan. 25!) to create and give away more love:

If you want to be loved, teach a child to draw a paper heart.

At the end of their love story Dementia cut in asking, "Who are you?"

To cradle a beloved beast's last breath is devotion's final, finest, grace-giving gift.

Favorite picture
Of me,
With you,
In it.
In love... 
Again it...
Is perfect.
People leave,
It's what they do.
So, Why is it, You ...
Are still here ?
Don't be afraid,
Of the ripples,
In the water.
Sometimes,
It's only the wind.
Loving people
like you do--
Sacrificing.
What are they getting ?
Cause it's killing you.
Loneliness rode in--
Front seat,
With you.
Longing, desire,
In the back seat too.
We can see beauty.
Isn't that enough ?
We rise again,
Happy.
We get up.
Beauty , poetry , love,
Crawl outside of you,
For what seems like,
Their first steps.
Someday, someone
Is going to see you.
Just continue,
To be you.
Only you.
Copied--
From my "blessings" jar,
Pasted--
Where the lessons are.
Now you're in both.
If you must--
Break me--
Still,
Wake me...
Up.
Let me drink--
Love's cup