To Love Or Not To Love

January 23, 2009
To love, or not to love: that is the question:
What love is mine that I do not cherish
With every beat of my eager heart?
The boy knows not the heart of me. To live, to feel;
No more; and in feeling a person loses their inhibitions
But gains the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation
No man can escape. To live, to feel;
To feel: perchance to love: there’s the problem;
For, in living and feeling what love may come
When we for one instant let our hearts run free,
Must make us think: there’s the respect
That makes value of so long life;
For who would bear the yoke and horns of love,
The lover’s drama, the spouse’s worries,
The pangs of insecurity, the world’s challenges,
The separation that comes when lovers make
Their two lives one and yet continue to live as two,
When he himself might his vow make
With all his heart? who would emotions bear,
To keep with him, inside him, ever after,
But that the allurement of the sense of love,
The numinous place from which
No voyager has yet return untouched, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear that love we have
Than stifle the strongest sentiment man has known?
Thus this does make heroes of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is covered with a happy, rosy flush,
And enterprises of great vigor and moment
With this regard their hearts are fully pledged,
And live happily ever after. -- Soft you now!
The fair boy! Dear heart, in thy prayers
Be all my love remember’d.

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MissEmilyDickinson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm
A quote from C.S. Lewis came into my mind, when I read this, "To love at all, is to be vulnerable." I love this. :) You are and amazing and beautiful and wonderful and talented writer and person. You are beautiful. Know that, and never forget that. You really have a talent and greatness in you. Thank you so much, for sharing this. :)
LoveLostNeverFound said...
Jun. 11, 2013 at 8:16 am
you're an amzing writter!!! keep it up!! i hope to read more XD
Kira V. said...
Oct. 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm
I love your poems! I read this one and "Jerk" I loved both of them! Great job on this one too! :) 
publicdomain said...
Dec. 18, 2011 at 9:56 am
 Really good.
Untamable said...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm
i like this. and it reminds me of a realy weird relationship i was in when i was younger.
MKimmi said...
Feb. 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm
You are really good in writing poetry!!!
Someone_Who_Is_Loved said...
Sept. 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm
OMG, I love it...It's kinda William Shakespeare like, but Im in total love with him...He's my role model. Keep writing
MariaMarie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 14, 2009 at 1:39 am
This is... different- a rare style i don't see very often. I like it a lot. You're an excellent writer.
:PBUBBLES:P said...
Apr. 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm
This is amazing! I love your use of language, it's so sophisticated!
Zoe R. said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm
i am SUCH a fan of your work! <3 you are really good! KEEP WRITING, CHRISTINA!!
JessyWeLoveYou said...
Mar. 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm
holy crap...finaly somone that can take a shakespearian take to in love!
Whisperer replied...
Apr. 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm
amen  to this :) this is really amazing. very dfferent approach, but amazing none the less. good work
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