What Love Is
To forsake all others.
To float the beloved on your back
from flood to land, to wrench bread
from the beggar's hand, snatch
the oxygen mask from a child's face.
To ransack hospitals and nursing homes
for drugs to ease the beloved's pain,
to stumble down 101 floors, beloved
slung on your back, not stopping
for the other ones in wheelchairs
waiting at the landing doors.
Jan Heller Levi
Alice James Books
Copyright © 2014 by Jan Heller Levi
All rights reserved.
Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission