15 : Pure Love


Stars
Snowflakes
Hearts
Is what you are made of

Brilliant and sparkly
Different and unique
Sweet and gentle love
Is what you are made of

Every time I think of you
I’m instantly reminded
Of the beauty all around me
And the love inside of me
I love you my sweetie


Why I wrote Pure Love:


Pure Love is a simple group of words I put together to remind myself of the most meaningful moments of our lives together – moments filled with natural wonder and beauty – such as stars snowflakes and hearts.

As you grew into childhood, I quickly realized how we both were assertive and independent individuals. This led me to explore ways of communicating and interacting with you in a manner that would potentially lessen any disagreements or combativeness between us. One of the ways I went about this was to not impose my thoughts, emotions, passions or beliefs on you, but rather explore various themes and topics with you so that you could develop ideas and opinions of your own.

Another method I discovered and often applied was to offer you options rather than telling you it was time to do something. It was amazing to see the pride and eagerness with which you took on tasks and challenges when you had made the choice to do so yourself, and it often led you to take on other tasks voluntarily.

One specific event, when your choice rather surprised me, proved your creative intelligence and incredible sense of humor. I can’t recall exactly what other options I had offered to go along with the task of cleaning the cat litter – but you did agree to do so. I reminded you where the scooper, the bags, and the litter was and then you asked to go through your toys and closet to get a few additional things before starting. By the time I returned to check on your progress, there you were, with litter scoop in hand while you unpleasantly scooped out the smelly bits with a scuba mask and snorkel on!

This, along with so many other incredibly amazing simple and natural moments we shared while you were growing up are the reminders I try to dig up and hold on to in order to remember how natural and simple our love, respect, and understanding for one another was, and how pure our relationship as mother and daughter was.

How I wrote Pure Love:


Stars
Snowflakes
Hearts
Is what you are made of

Drawing on familiar metaphors to describe the character traits I grew to know and recognize in you – stars, snowflakes, and hearts are recurring themes in many of the pieces I wrote while thinking of you.

Of course, you’re made up of much more than metaphors, but I wasn’t attempting to write an anatomical description of what you’re made of. This is one of the great things about writing poetry – it allows the freedom to imagine and see things differently and permits the use of whimsical tones and textures to describe deep and sincere meanings.

Pure Love is intentional in its figurative form to bring out an innocent and unaltered view of how naturally beautiful and incredible you are, and how simple and natural pure love should be.


More on how I wrote Pure Love:


Brilliant and sparkly
Different and unique
Sweet and gentle love
Is what you are made of

Just as stars sparkle and shine – I witnessed your brilliance and spark often as you grew through childhood and into your teens. Sharp-witted, outspoken, intelligent and sensitive – you developed a presence difficult to go unnoticed.

The second line, I borrowed again from what you so aptly captured and described in the drawing you created so many years ago. When applied to Snowflake Kisses, the intricate detail of every star and snowflake is aptly described as different and unique, but in Pure Love, I meant for it to emphasize the incredible qualities of tenderness and strength which you demonstrated frequently, so early in your life.

Although the anatomic sense of hearts doesn’t apply in this poem, when choosing the word hearts in the opening, it was meant to describe how much love you were filled with and surrounded by while growing up. When describing the type of love I witnessed you share and offer to friends, family and strangers, it was a very quick and simple line to write since it was always undeniably very sweet and gentle.


Every time I think of you
I’m instantly reminded
Of the beauty all around me
And the love inside of me
I love you my sweetie

As silly as it might seem, or perhaps immature or irresponsible to some, when I think of you – while not oblivious to our downfalls – I prefer to focus on and remember the happier times we shared together.

Even though I could adopt a more serious and technical tone, which I have in many other pieces, I often enjoy allowing the whimsical side of myself to be set free while writing poetry, and Pure Love is one of many where I did so.


Drawing from the poem:


While attempting to complete Becoming a Poem, I was once again forced to move what little I have left of my personal belongings while still having nowhere to live.

Rushed while shuffling through packed boxes, I came across a note I had written to myself soon after purchasing the small two-bedroom apartment I thought could become our new home. Words I had hoped would fill our lives, and although they may have found you through your travels, they seem to have lost me through time.

Although I had a very specific idea in mind for the image I wanted to include with Pure Love, the recent less than pleasant circumstances left me with little time or inspiration to draw from. Therefore, even though this note has nothing to do with the poem, I wrote it as much for you as I did the poem. And at this time, it’s all I could come up with to associate what I envision pure love should be.


Thank you for inspiring me to create Pure Love



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