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.

We carry those we've lost
always in our hearts,
stumbling, occasionally,
with their weight.
Love letter for a lost child:
I hope you find yourself
and love always.
fed only paranoia and lies
she became a whisper
echoing someone else's 
hollow words
you will know patience
when months lead to years
and your heart's desire lingers
We awake longing for freedom
and then purchase our own shackles 
at the store.
we're born human
until the training takes over
don't cry, don't feel, don't look
Small connections between people
grow and build like Legos.
Don't step on them.
I've devoured Barcelona
licked Rome
kissed Paris ~
yet I'll always be hungry for you.
I wish I looked 
Like the kind of
Person you are--
Inside outside beauty.
Beauty and kindness
act as if they've
just been created--
proudly showing me you.