Love Is Not Pretty
Love is not pretty,
It is not lace on pink with a red background.
Love is the sleepy mom,
Cooking breakfast for a screaming kid
And love is the scared dad rushing to the hospital
After the police have called
And love is the scared teen
Asking a girl for a date hoping she will say yes
And love is the girl saying no
As firmly as she can,
Hoping not to sound rude
Or maybe even not caring how it sounds
And love is that boy somehow,
A few weeks later,
Asking a different girl.
But love is also the man in the morgue
Pulling back the sheet
For someone to say YES
Lord have mercy.
And love is the stranger sitting on the sidewalk
With a sick drunk
Until help comes
And love is the brave person who steps across the line
Wherever the line is drawn,
Only to say
We are in this together.
Because being in this together-
Whatever frightening thing it is-
That’s beautiful, and that’s love,
As ugly as it looks.
George R. Pasley
February 14, 2017