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LET LOVE BE FRUGAL

Maxine Pascual's red anthurium
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Photo : Karl Lo | Sept. 20, 2004

Let love be frugal 
Like red anthurium -- 
Plain 
Sparing in design 
Whole 
Natural and perennially blooming. 
(1983)

Published in "Bamboo Ridge"
(The Hawaii Writers' Quarterly)
No. 21, Ball 1983





EACH DAY I SAY A SILENT PRAYER


For Karl


Each day I say a silent prayer

For the day we met and fell in love;

Life would have so cheated me

If that Saturday in December

Our separate and distant paths

Did not come to a meeting place.


You and I will watch a thousand

And one more summer sunrises

Unmindful of the sunsets in between.

The twilights will find us still

Pregnant with hope and like vintage wine

Our love will improve with time.

©1970

Published in Bamboo Ridge -- No. 21, Fall 1983

Two Love Birds @ Hanama`ulu Beach Park
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Photo: Karl Lo | August 18, 2003


REFLECTION ON LOVE


Love has a way of putting on a mask

And is not always easy to recognize.


And often love is a lever

Designed to hurl the unsuspecting off balance,

Bruising the naive from having loved.


But as the cliché goes

It is better to have loved and lost

Than not to have loved at all.

(1973)


UNWRITTEN POEMS


The hurts of the heart are not easy to heal,

And silence is not a cure:

It’s only a bandage that covers the wound

And aggravates the pain. 


Massage away the pain:

Give voice to what hurts . . .

Silence cannot ease the pain.

The hands of silence manipulate

The strings of the heart

Until they are so tangled up

Their undoing may take eternity.


Silence does not heal the hurts of the heart.

Massage away the pain:

Give voice to what hurts . . .

Reframe the hurt into a learning challenge

And grow from the experience.

(2000)

Full moon as viewed from the Los' front porch
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Karl Lo Photo | Jan. 9, 2012

YOU WRAP ME WITH LOVE

The moon sings like Teresa Bright:
effortlessly, soothingly,
with quiet intensity,
luminous
and embracing.

And you wrap me with love
in the light of the singing moon,
your tender touch coloring my heart red,
my soul throbs with intense delight
that you and I are one.
(3.2.04)


WE WILL WAIT FOR THE EVENING STARS


At dawn I watched the sun

rise above the horizon.

It warms the earth

as thoughts of you warm my heart.


Tomorrow, let us go to the park again

and sit under the Willow Tree.

We will walk hand in hand

and allow our bare feet

to caress the wet grass

freshly bathed with morning dew.


We will wait for the sunset

and watch the sun take with it

memories of the happy things

it saw us do.


And we will wait for the evening stars

to light up the heavens.

We will choose a bright star

and share with it our deepest secrets.


We will fill our lungs

with fresh evening air

enough to last us through

another night apart.

(4.61/8.79)


THINK AGAIN OF LOVE


Think again of love.   Love has feet. 

Time after time the feet of love

Climb the steep mountains of the heart

With hope and perseverance

Believing that the climb in time brings assurance.

The feet of love walk

Through the deep caverns of life

Into clear grounds

Bright with sunshine and promise.


And love has hands that open doors

To possibilities and opportunities.


What more can we say about love?

Love has ears that hear

The rapids of the rivers of the soul.

And hearing, it listens

And waits for the right time to ride out.

(1998)

Happy ducks cooling off @ Hanama`ulu Stream!
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Photo: Karl Lo | August 18, 2003


THE LETTERS OF LOVE


I tried to use all the words at my command

To move the muses to compassion,

But words failed me -- they often do --

And all I can offer are the four letters of LOVE.


L is for the LIGHT

that guides us through

the dark tunnels of life;


O is for the OPENNESS

that voids secrets

and allows understanding;


V is for the VICTORY

that love assures

whatever the challenge;


E is for ETERNITY --

love without end.

(1973)


PIECES OF LOVE

 

To Karl


The mosaic we are making together

Grows larger with each passing year

As we add more pearls of experience

That we pick on life's journey.


And the varied pieces of love

We find on shady lanes,

On rocky shores and rugged terrain,

On calm or windy days.


Across the ferried waters of our faith,

We will continue to gather,

Adding the pearly pieces of love 

To the ever expanding mosaic.

(1972)



Photo:  Karl Lo  |  August 13, 2004

Ahukini Landing is in the distance.
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View of the bay from Hanama`ulu Beach.


IF YOU MUST HAVE AN ANSWER


For Karl


‘Tis the 29th of March,

Not the Ides of March

But just as dark and ominous a night:

Not the kind of night people in love

Choose to spend together

Under Hawaiian skies.


We drive five miles to Ahukini Landing,

Which is charged with lightning,

We park near the water’s edge.

A light is moving in the distance.

“A fisherman with a lamp,” you explain.

We watch the light as it moves in the dark,

And wish the fisherman a bountiful catch.


I suspect that fishing is very much

In your mind, too,

And my guess is certainly on cue:

You cast your recurring line:

“Will you marry me?” a third time.


My mind argues with my heart …

My heart reasons with my mind …

My soul is the arbiter --

Not the threatening sky.

I believe you pray to have the night

Punctuated with a period:  I say, “Yes.”

(1972)

Anniversary Roses from Sister Dely & Brother Roy
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Karl Lo Photo: January 4, 2005

LOVE IN FOUR STANZAS
(1972/2004)

For Karl


1.  Serendipity Is a Gift from God                             

You were a blind date I went out with

Just to please a friend:

Life has a way of bringing gifts

In unpretentious ways.


We went to see Three Blind Mice.

An amusing coincidence, wasn’t it?

Or was it punning providence

That planned that Saturday night?


I was wearing a red silk Chinese dress

Which was not meant to impress you --

I did not even know your name

Let alone your Cantonese ethnicity.

I went on that December blind date

Just to please a friend:

Serendipity is providential:

Serendipity if a gift of God.

2:  I Learn to Accept

Three months into our friendship

You stop asking me to "go steady" with you,

And I am glad:

I want to be free.

You drop your old line,

But you pick up a new one:

“Will you marry me?”

It’s a harder line to connect with.


You are always full of surprises

And I am learning to accept

The different and the unexpected.

So when you call to tell me

You want to go out for a ride

I do not ask, Where?  Tonight?

On this wet and windy night?

In this thunder and lightning night?

3:  A Surprise Christmas Gift

Christmas is a season of giving.

Christmas is a season of receiving.

Christmas is a season of love. 


The biggest gift that Christmas morning was you:

Sitting at the back pew in a light blue shirt

At the eight o’clock Christmas service.


You had come to the Christmas Eve

Candlelight Communion Service of carols:

Your presence eight hours later was a surprise.


Little did I know you were seriously in love:

Love is not always easy to recognize:

Love has a way of putting on a mask.

Lipstick Plant in Bloom
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Karl Lo Photo: November 2007

4:  Love Is a Special Way of Feeling

Love is a special way of feeling

Shown in many ways:

In that loving look

That guides our feelings;

In that sincere smile

That only love can give;

In that gentle touch

That makes us feel alive;

In that open-mindedness

That accepts who and what we are.


Love is a special way of feeling

Expressed in three easy words:

Said each day we are together,

Morning, noon, and night;

Written in a letter,

Expressed in a short note,

Said over the telephone

When we are apart:

Love is a special way of feeling

Expressed in three easy words:

I love you.

MEDALLION PORTRAIT OF LOVE


On the obverse, boldly engraved:

Tender like the caress of a lover

Warm like the hug of a friend

Caring like a sister, like a neighbor.


Gentle like the trade winds

Generous like a grandmother

Always in bloom like red anthurium

Here yesterday, today, tomorrow.


On the reverse, in timid lines:

Rough and hard like brick 

Tough like a trigonometry teacher’s

Tricky weekend assignment.


Tired and cantankerous like Mr. Wilson

Mischievous and thought-provoking

Like Dennis the Menace

Irritatingly knowing like Margaret.

                  ©2002

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