We Know Love by This

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us — 
and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods 
and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
Let us love not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
- 1 John 3:18

You tell me you love me like pomegranate
and I take you to the fruiting tree to pluck one

You tell me you love me with silky words
and I spin you thread and weave a shawl to wrap you

You speak to me about romance and what once warmed you
and I chop the wood and kindle the fire

You say you love certain words like cantaloupe
and I cube the melon for your breakfast

You tell me love is in the ether and cannot be pointed to
and I frame the house that contains it

You tell me you are dying to love me more but don’t know how
and I lay down my life for you so that you can


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