Real Love

This is a Shakespearean sonnet that contrasts real love and special love.

You try to find a special partner here
To share a love that stays obscure and veiled;
This one and only love you call your dear,
But special love on earth has always failed.

The others cannot feel the love from you,
For you would limit love to only one;
Your enemies and neighbors, you eschew,
For you believe that they would end your fun.

But God does not bestow on you his gifts,
Withholding them from others, out of spite,
For in his love, there are no cracks or rifts:
His love is whole and fills the world with light.

You shouldn’t ask for love that is unique:
Real love is strong, but “special love” is weak.

You who prefer specialness to sanity could not obtain it in your right mind. You were at peace until you asked for special favor. And God did not give it, for the request was alien to Him, and you could not ask this of a Father Who truly loved His Son…. To single out is to make alone, and thus make lonely. God did not do this to you. Could He set you apart, knowing that your peace lies in His oneness?
—A Course in Miracles: Complete and Annotated Edition (p. 428-429)

(written December 2019)

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