PAD 25: Love in the Doldrums 

Love’s first flush

Excites the spirit,

And passion ignited

Burns bright and hot;

Reignited, rekindled it

Stirs old blood to 

New or forgotten desire. 

But love in the doldrums

Is sweetest. 

A hand held 

Sitting on a couch

Watching dumb TV

Together, 

A kind word

An open ear,

Comfort, safety,

Home. 

Certain too that

The fever will return, 

But in between is 

Not absence, but 

Fullness. 

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