A Way of Looking at Love

1. February’s redeeming quality is not the expensive love flying off the shelves. But Mother Nature as she stands poised, and landscape spellbound by the love she gives in the depths of winter.

2. Absence of a robin has nothing to do with it. Sing your own song!

3. Love is not seasonal. It’s a perpetual presence and sense of awe, if you’re willing to do the work.

4. Sprinkle kindness, cultivate the garden and watch love bloom.

5. Prickly is the rose, but sweet a scent that restores faith in love.

6. Perfect love is a ghost, but true love makes no pretence.

7. “I’m here, now!” No baggage. No expectations.

8. Love is not always sweet like a box of chocolates on a Valentine’s day. But acknowledgement and appreciation of the person who always has your back.

9. A way of looking at love is through your heart.

10. Love is not a one-size fits all. Define it for yourself!

11. By all means, show me love. The kind of love that starts with self.

12. Express it, share it, let the one you love know that you do! Because to love and be loved is a kind of momentum that makes the Earth move.

13. Like a poem, love is not meant to be understood but be.

14. Love IS.

Pink Budding Rose

PS. In keeping with the romantic love theme, read my short story (a chapter from an unpublished novel) and other Valentine Reads at LIT eZine. I hope you enjoy the entire issue.

Happy Valentine, in advance! ♥♥♥

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. Your points on love are timely year round. I would add one of my own on love and forbearance, but that is a part of tending the garden with kindness and watching it grow, too. ❤️

    I enjoyed the short story, Khaya, and reading your interview I have bookmarked the site for additional reading.

  2. What endearing reminders and messages on the essence of love my dear Khaya! This resonates so deeply with me. Thank you for taking the time to share this heartwarming post. Hugs and smooches. 💖💚💙💛🧡💜💝

  3. I love your relationship with nature.

    I like to remind people that you should be your own Valentine every day. You should give yourself gifts, take yourself to dinner, show yourself affection and appreciation. You are the only person you will be with until the end.

  4. A beautiful reminder of how love works in our lives and our world, Khaya. It’s everywhere and we have the potential to embrace it if we choose. <3 <3 Have a loveful day.

  5. February allows us to celebrate all kinds of love. In fact, the day is celebrated as a Friendship or Friend’s Day. So, here to celebrating our online friendship, too, today. 🙂 <3 And forbearance is another important ingredient, I'm glad you added it!

    I'm so happy you took time to read the feature, and enjoyed that chapter too. Thank you so much, Lavinia!

  6. Being your own Valentine, every day, is the greatest form of self-love. Besides we can’t claim to love anyone else until we love ourselves. Thank you for this perspective! And oh, I love nature too. Like poetry, it is my refuge.

  7. Thank you Khaya, and I appreciate that so much. Wishing you a beautiful evening and a FANtabulous week! Hugs and smooches! 🥰💖😘🥂😍

  8. Thanks Natalie. 🙂 I caught a glimpse of you on Instagram singing your own song. 😀 I wish you more joy as you continue to celebrate your birthday. <3

  9. I love this one so much: “Absence of a robin has nothing to do with it. Sing your own song!” And I agree, “Love IS.”

  10. These are all amazing, but I especially love 3.

  11. Good advice and quite poetic as to be expected. I know it’s a bit of an older post, but it is still useful. Thank you!

  12. Thank you, Curtis. I appreciate you reading and finding value in my old posts as well. So, I suppose I’m not doing too bad in trying to create evergreen content. 🙂

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