We use the words, "I love you" a lot,
Expressing varied feelings.
A young man wooing his beloved
Can make them most appealing!
A mother croons "I love you, dear"
As baby cuddles sweetly--
And patriot's cries of "Love your flag!"
Have battles won completely!
"That dog must go!" a landlord shouts.
And tho' all chance seems slim,
A freckled face with eyes brim full
Speaks up--"But, Dad, I love him."
And so, you see, we say, "I love"
To child, flag, bride or canine,
But, there's some loves I haven't touched,
And they all others outshine!
First, love of God and love for God,
To deep devotion calls one.
Then truly, truly next would be
A parents love for children.
I testify this love is strong
And that it spreads its blessings
To children good--but also seeks
Those wayward and transgressing.
As a child I felt my Mother's kiss
And Daddy's kind caresses.
Tho' married now--I've only gained
New parents whose love too blesses.
I pause to think of what is mine;
Their sacrifice sweeps o'er me!
They give their service and their love
To one------Oh! how unworthy!
©Circa the 1940's Linnie Jane Joslin Burks
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