Sitting in Michael's Lap
PdV: You are too kind, but thank you nonetheless.
J.C: Always glad to lend a hand -- often it leads to future friendships. Thank you for reading.
WhiteNite: Fear not, you are not the only poet here with the spelling affliction -- LOL. We all have our moments. Your speechlessness is the highest form of flattery; thank you.
serenity: Methinks you have perfected the ideal way to stroke my already somewhat overblown ego! Thanks much! hehehe
Michael: How right you are. Unfortunately, it is difficult to love something less simply to safeguard one's peace of mind, is it not? Stubborn beast, that Love -- always thinking in extremes ...
Rosemary: I am not normally a violent woman, but I will take a bow on that slug between the peepers, here. Thank you for a most generous compliment!
dhuron: glad you enjoyed, thanks for reading.
Mike: Likewise, I'm sure.
Denise: Glad to be back. Your enthusiasm is neverending -- people like you keep me coming back to this place!
Chris: Allo yourself! (sigh)
As far as my "absence" goes, I believe that it was you who said that stress and misery make for awesome poetry, was it not? LOL
As for the rest, I must refer you to one of my favorite sonnets of all time:
Let us not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove ...
Indeed, my friend, any relationship is about compromise -- such is the nature of individuals, there are bound to be points on which even the most "perfect" couple will not see eye-to-eye. But Love, in and of itself , is an all-or-nothing proposition: it is either whole, or it is not love. Period. There is nothing wrong with always expecting a rose to be a rose, regardless of how sweet it might smell (or not) right at the moment!
Thank you all again ...