When we look out on the world;
We see what is inside of us.

I see beauty;
Largely kindness;
So much love;
And mindfulness.

Not jealousy:
Rarely sadness;
Never bitter;
All gratefulness.

~Just L (February 22, 2017)

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The Seven Natural Laws of Love

We cannot demand, command love anymore than we can command the moon and the stars, or the wind and rain. We can stage a seduction or mount a courtship, but the result is more likely to be infatuation, or two illusions dancing together, than love.

Love is bigger than you are. You can invite love, but you cannot dictate how, when, and where love expresses itself. You can choose to surrender to love or not, but in the end, love strikes like lightning: unpredictable and irrefutable. Love does not come with conditions, stipulations, addenda, or codes. Like the sun, love radiates independently of our fears and desires.

Love cannot be bought or sold. One can buy companionship, attention, and loyalty. You cannot make someone love you, nor can you prevent it — not for any amount of money. Love cannot be imprisoned, nor can it be legislated.

Love cannot be turned on as a reward. It cannot be turned off as a punishment. Only something else pretending to be love can be used as a lure, as a hook, for bait and switch, imitated, insinuated, but the real deal can never be delivered if it doesn’t spring freely from the heart.

This doesn’t mean that love allows destructive and abusive behaviors to go unchecked. Love speaks out for justice and protests when harm is being done. Love points out the consequences of hurting oneself or others. Love allows room for anger, grief, or pain to be expressed and released. But love does not threaten to withhold itself if it doesn’t get what it wants.

Love cares what becomes of you, because love knows that we are all interconnected. Love is inherently compassionate and empathic. Love knows that the “other” is also oneself. This is the true nature of love, and love itself can not be manipulated or restrained. Love honors the sovereignty of each soul. Love is its own law.

– Excerpted from The Seven Natural Laws of Love, by Deborah Anapol

Author’s Note: I encourage you to read her work in full.

Come Home

Come home
When you cannot face yourself one more day
Come home
When the lights go out and you’ve nothing to gain
Come home
When you realize another lie is too hard to maintain
Come home
When you grow weary of running from your pain
Come home
When peace and happiness you can no longer feign
Come home
If you allow “the one” to get away you’re only to blame
Come home
Dare to put your feelings and struggles on display
Come home
To light the night on fire or snuggle by a slow flame
Come home
Find that the joys shared in love are never simply plain
Come home
That is, if you’ve been waiting for that “one” to stay.

~Just L (February 17, 2018)

Author’s Note: After three months in Mexico (second season) and feeling a little home sick. Thus, poems of home and homecoming. See also:

Selecting a Second Home in Mexico (April 23, 2017)

The Big Dipper (April 2, 2015)

Home (April 11, 2010)

Because you never ever have to inspire anyone to meet you on the bridge

“Someone can be madly in love with you and still not be ready. They can love you in a way you have never been loved and still not join you on the bridge. And whatever their reasons you must leave. Because you never ever have to inspire anyone to meet you on the bridge. You never ever have to convince someone to do the work to be ready. There is more extraordinary love, more love that you have never seen, out here in this wide and wild universe. And there is the love that will be ready.” – Nayyirah Waheed

Author’s Note: I am a collector of quotes on love. See Quotes for other thoughts on love and loss.

I am Not a Tourist Destination

Please don’t arrive as a tourist;
I’m not interested in a day use pass.
No overnight camping allowed;
I don’t care to be tomorrow’s trash.
Of course, I enjoy tropical vacations in exotic locations;
Yet, I prefer the finer things built to last.
A lifetime of quiet moments and intimate adventures;
With one bold affirmation, “You are my ride or die match.”

~Just L (Originally penned, November 5, 2016)

Spilling Over

A few really sweet poems from the vault in honor of Valentine’s Day. Read and enjoy.

Just L Poetry

I am so full of promise
I can barely contain myself
Let me spill all over
A warm, small pool
Sufficient for laps
Of your tongue
A bouquet of whiskey
Or aged grapes
A trickling stream
Afore a cascading fall
On you
Beneath me

~Just L (found poem, January 30, 2015)

Published in the February 2015 Blender of Love Digest

“Just L had a brilliant month, really good stuff.” –Kirk, Blender-Keeper

Love Awaits
Location Location Location
Spilling Over

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A Love Warrior’s Homecoming

I meet his eyes,
“Welcome home love warrior.”

He tastes my neck
Pulling up the covers;

Our giggles are contagious.

I smack my lips
He taps my ass;

We taste like heaven
Reigning down;

We’re awestruck and curious.

I cup his face
Shining above;

He whispers,
“Healer goddess lover…”

Our connection is mysterious.

Spilling out;
He finds my heart over and over.

Immeasurably courageous.

~Just L (February 12, 2018)