the element

if love is an element
a solid
a liquid 
a mist
of electrons and protons 
with viscosity and surface tension 
if love is magnetic
beyond magic
if love crawls out of the mud and becomes amphibian 
if love sleeps in a cave 
and climbs up out of the roots every spring
if love is the grain of every day 

if love is a mythological being
that orbits the sun
if love comes in a dream 
and lives longer than the day
stands tall in all shadow
if love is in the jetstream
and it breathes and speaks and bends all the trees backwards
if love is all the wind and all the rain and all the sun
and everything that burns in this world and the next 
and the next, and the next 
if love is

then we walk like gods within it
together everywhere 
as walking gods never walk alone

poster for the sunday muse and earthweal

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phillip woodruff

i live in colorado, i love poetry and fishing, i've never been to kentucky, i own 5 pairs of shoes, sometimes i drive too fast, i like craft beer, i own 37 fishing poles, i've never been to iceland, sometimes i drive too slow, right now there is a black bird outside my window, i stare at him and he stares at me

25 thoughts on “the element”

  1. The journey of what love is – it is so much more than I think we can ever truly comprehend. The following resonates with me as a dreamer.

    if love comes in a dream
    and lives longer than the day
    stands tall in all shadow

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  2. My favorite line is the one about bending all the trees backwards. It strikes me that the poem reads just as well–if differently!–without the final troika. maybe that’s just me liking the idea of ending with a fragment that could be completed a million different ways, or maybe the notion godhood or plurality intimidate me. In any event, I love this poem, your style, and every glorious word you write.

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  3. Thisis glorious – I am enchanted by the idea that we walk through a world of love, never alone. Just beautiful. The image of the trees being bent backward is stunning.

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  4. Amazing. I was starting to quote more and more of it, then just had to admit every line is stunning. Agree with Shay about the trees blown back. The most excellent of many most excellent lines.

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  5. The biggest word in love and life…if. You use it to paint an entire landscape where the heart has wings and the mind will for once let it fly, let it be the vector and vehicle, where it is an essential, organic part of the whole of everything, and as such, by definition, we can never be separated from it. This one has wings indeed, philip. Beautiful writing.

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  6. This is so utterly beautiful, Phillip. It made my heart swell wide open. You’ve encapsulated what could not be encapsulated so remarkably. Loved every line but these images particularly:

    “if love crawls out of the mud and becomes amphibian”

    “if love is in the jetstream
    and it breathes and speaks and bends all the trees backwards
    if love is all the wind and all the rain and all the sun
    and everything that burns in this world and the next
    and the next, and the next
    if love is

    then we walk like gods within it
    together everywhere
    as walking gods will never walk alone”

    I am so moved by the whole thing. Thank you for this, Phillip. I needed to read it today ❤

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    1. “I needed to read it today” i completely understand, i really needed to write it, i was in a bit of a dark place and needed a rope to climb out of it. thank you sunra. i’m a little behind on my reading, i’ll be by soon.

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  7. Love is so much.. It’s tactile, ethereal, spiritual, practical, foolish….Oh my your poem has me immersed in all love is and can be. Beautiful!

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