Love In Ten Lines

I was inspired by reading a brilliant forty word poem by a friend, Nikki, to join a poem challenge. While I wasn’t invited to participate, I got in on a technicality since in the intro to Nikki’s beautiful poem she gave a blanket invite. Thank you for that.

Here goes, and keep in mind, I’m not at all a poet. To quote Bill Simmons, ‘I can’t sneeze properly in less than 7000 words.’

The Rules:

Write about love using only 10 lines.

Use the word love in every line.

Each line can only be four words long.

Nominate others who are up for the challenge.

Let them know about the challenge.

Title the post: Love in Ten Lines

Include a quote about love (can be your own)

You may write in any language.

My Piece:

Is love really kind?
Love is a bully

Love is not jealous
Love? Not jealous? Love?

Truthfully, is love selfless?
Love’s selfish. Definitely selfish.

Love can lack perspective
But love needn’t virtue

For love is purpose
Love is our meaning

Love Quote…

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence -Erich Fromm

There it is. I would also like to pay forward my good fortune and issue a blanket invitation to join the challenge or contest or whatever the hell it is to all who would like to give it a try.

Author: joejmedler

Joe Medler lives in New Jersey with his wife, who is universally understood to be far too good for him, and his two young sons, who are far too smart for him. His work has been featured on MamaLode, The Original Bunker Punks and Sammiches and Psych Meds. You can find more of his work at and follow him on Facebook at

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