Those words

“Love you”
tumbles out casually
at the end of a call,
a text message,
often ringing hollow.

It is a social norm
a hurried good bye
another saying
in a world so alien
to real love.

The kind that cares
in silent listening
genuine hugs
tear drops of compassion
thoughtful touches tentatively
reaching out
to difficult darkness
in daily living.

To love is to serve
with brimming hearts
ready to be stretched
like dough
waiting to rise
in the oven of a warm embrace.

Do you really love me?
Hesitation dances
in minds attuned to hurt
patiently knocking
on doors locked
to an Agape world. 

Look at me pinned on wood
for all to see.
You are someone special
loved beyond belief
in the wilderness of life.

Viola Athaide is a student in the Windows of Theology program at Regis College, Toronto. She currently teaches Scripture at her local parish church.

  • Joan Levy Earle
    Posted at 06:16h, 03 March Reply

    An inspiring and uplifting poem. Thank you for these words.

  • Tonis Kilp
    Posted at 07:38h, 03 March Reply

    Good morning Viola and thank you so much for sharing with me, what a lovely way to start my day a cup of tea and your lovely poem, many blessings, tonis.

  • Peter Bisson SJ
    Posted at 09:00h, 03 March Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Lorraine Majcen
    Posted at 11:06h, 03 March Reply

    Thank you Viola, the words in the poem have touched my heart deeply. I shall ponder it with affection. Love you!!

  • Rita Coutinho
    Posted at 12:47h, 03 March Reply

    Very inspiring poem, Viola. In our world where the word “love” is used so loosely, it’s good to be reminded that to love is to serve.

    Thank you.


  • Bonnie azevedo
    Posted at 13:11h, 03 March Reply

    Very inspiring, love it so well put in words. Thanks for sharing.

  • Grace Colella
    Posted at 18:00h, 03 March Reply

    A poem that makes you think!
    Thank you Viola

  • Doreen Pinto
    Posted at 23:22h, 03 March Reply

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT – read & re-read; pondered in silent listening.
    God Bless you for making known HIS gift in you with others. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 12:48h, 04 March Reply

    “Those words” touched my deeply. I confess that I am often guilty of using them in reference to inanimate objects… food, movies, etc, so I appreciate being reminded of their importance. However, I am also quick to say them to the people in my life.
    God bless you Viola. I love you!

  • Roy Fanthome
    Posted at 16:08h, 04 March Reply

    Thing of beauty. Thank you. A refreshing gust in this season when we are preoccupied with contrition and The Passion.

  • Lorella D'Cruz
    Posted at 06:21h, 05 March Reply

    No more eloquent demonstration of selflessness can be found than Jesus “pinned on wood” for love of us. Thank you, Viola, for sharing your God-given talent to illustrate this ultimate sacrifice born of love, that four-letter word so carelessly bandied about in song and film.

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 14:51h, 05 March Reply

    Thank you for sharing your love and your inspiration, Viola !
    Jesus gives us the two Great Commandments ~~ Love God and love thy neighbours. Love should never end !
    May God bless you abundantly.

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 15:01h, 05 March Reply

    Thank you for your love and your inspiration, Viola !
    Love should never end.
    May God bless you abundantly.

  • Christine Domingo
    Posted at 18:03h, 05 March Reply

    What an amazing gift you have, Viola! A beautiful expression of how we tend to take things for granted. Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.
    Love and God Bless you.

  • Teresa.correia
    Posted at 06:36h, 07 March Reply

    Another beautiful poem with food for thought…
    Thank you

  • Ana. Maria
    Posted at 13:49h, 08 March Reply

    To read your poems always enriches my heart and spirit!
    Thank you for sharing Viola

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