Love Warrior

Photo of me lounging on our beloved planet by Manish Doshi at Death Valley NP, California

The words on the picture above formed a short post Your Choice, published on April 30, 2017.

While I was thinking for a picture to pair with the poem Love Warrior, the above came to mind, along with wanting to add words from the older post to make it into a word image. I am shaking my head to myself over this compulsion I am feeling, to combine various elements to a post instead of just sharing the poem I intended to. Perhaps they are slightly different flavors of Love Warrior. I hope you enjoy the expressions of this phase I am going through.

Love warrior
After being

Love Warrior
Not Victim
Yet Victim
Heart assaulted

Love Warrior
Taking space
Still looked down
By those
Taking space

Love Warrior
At war within
Without enough
Self Love
Wary from
Letting go
Expectations of
Natural reciprocity
Even from those
Placed in roles of
Nurturing tender hearts
And failed to deliver

Love Warrior
Daring to be so alone
No complacency
For want of company
Often doubting sanity
Counting blessings
Cultivating Gratitude
Choosing Love

Love Warrior
Colored leaf
Through space
Finding Ground
Becoming One
With Earth
And receiving
Divine reciprocity

Love Warrior
Becoming the Ground
For bold ones standing their ground
Holding space
For unapologetics to walk upon
Lending strength
For the powerful to use
From the subtle
Power of
Humble Courage
And vulnerability

Love Warrior
Often Invisible
The ground
And space
The embrace
They themselves
Yearn for

Photo by Manish Doshi at Death Valley NP, California

Note to dear blog friends: I have become slower in my visits to your blogs, I still treasure my visits to read you work the same, I will keep doing so, just going through shifts in routine.

66 thoughts on “Love Warrior

    • I truly appreciate your keen attention to bring these 2 pairs of words together. Now I see the association more clearly too. This was one of those middle of the night poems so I wasn’t very sure on what really came together. Thank you very much Frank.

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    • Wow I love and greatly appreciate your interpretation, as if I am looking at my poem from a different window. Practicing Love truthfully for self and others is indeed a skill that of a warrior. Thank you very much for your kind attention and thoughtful response you shared with me.

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  1. the starkness of the landscape in those pics really adds to the potency of your poem!

    I am also struck by your pairing of words and contradictory terms in this one … makes me powerfully more aware of how we are vulnerable but can stand our ground. Sometimes we might need that extra shove downwards to make us resist and find our common ground, after all our resilience is stronger than we think πŸ™‚

    Very thought provoking and I like your mix of mediums, a lot of work but they compliment each other

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    • I feel and receive your reading of this poem deeply and it means the world to me. You reflect back the layers with such clarity, it makes me think – did she get that from my poem? – as I refresh myself with the essence of this surge that this poem came as, in the very late dark hours of the night. I read your second paragraph of the comment multiple times with a heart full of gratitude. So fulfilling for me.

      Thank you for your kind positive feedback on the choice of photos, it is very comforting to know, it actually makes sense how it all came together πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’›πŸ˜Š

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    • Thank you very much for your thoughtful response Brad πŸ™ŒπŸΌ your comment made me realize that both these aspects could be within myself – one fueling the other. It is more empowering for me that way.

      This poem had come to me from a place of comparing 2 types of powerful – one is empathic, vulnerable, courageous, authentic and subtle in their ways. The other who are bold, unapologetic and think of themselves as powerful look at the first kind as weak. Often they are unaware how much the first kind are a contribution to their pursuits, they don’t identify the strength that comes from subtlety, clarity, love, compassion. They are also good role model for how to become unapologetic in exactly what you stand for.

      I love and appreciate your perspective as it shows me how it is me who is attempting to embody that which feels limited in me.

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  2. “Love Warrior
    At war within
    Without enough
    Self Love”

    These words resonated with me a lot. I picture a warrior of love as someone who fights for the right thing, for good against evil, not fighting with a weapon but with the spirit of love. But how can we keep fighting onward if we are too busy fighting ourselves?

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    • I deeply appreciate you sharing the lines that spoke to you most πŸ’› I love how you say a love warrior uses the spirit of love as their ‘weapon’
      Your question is so perfect! My perspective is any fight within would be a good indicator of lack/deficiency of self love. Once we return to it, all sense of fight dissolves – within and without. Spirit of love becomes a tool not a weapon to be used with utmost skill and courage, with equal compassion for self and others. Thank you so much helping me dive deeper in this with you πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’›πŸŒΉπŸ™ŒπŸΌ I would be thrilled to know what you thought of it.

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  3. I love this poem, Pragalbha. It speaks to me of the transformation that continues to iterate the individual seeking understanding within; moving from seeking understanding from without, to the internal knowing, and only seeking understanding from that ever effulgent pool , even when that means other people are left by the wayside. Indeed, it is compassionate to do so, as it is their work to find themselves. Powerful piece, my friend, and a beautiful end to my day. πŸ’™πŸ™

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    • I feel so privileged to be read by you, your deeply reading and reflecting back to me. It helps me see deeply into my own process with the kind assistance of your wisdom – it delights me that you find the arc of internal transformation and the presence of compassion. I take it as an important reminder – it is their work to find themselves – because I did ask what is mine to do here. I don’t mind becoming the ground for them and yet I also intend to stand tall in my strength. It is so fulfilling to read your response and the layers you brought me to. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart Jeff, means a lot to me πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’›βœ¨

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  4. I really LOVE the phrase β€œlove warrior”, a unique association between β€œlove” and β€œwarrior.” I’m glad you found the right image to go with the poem- it’s stunning.
    Now, to the poem- it’s a masterpiece! Wonderful lines. It’s hard to pick favourites, but I especially loved the second stanza.
    β€œLove Warrior
    Not Victim
    Yet Victim
    Heart assaulted
    Gaslighted”- very powerful and painful.
    Such a brilliant poem! πŸ’–

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  5. It is a very interesting poem, Pragalbha, in that there are opposing emotions at play throughout, but which intertwine beautifully. It is as if you are debating within yourself both sides of the sentiment and tryng to extract the essence of your perception. I loved it!

    Adding different elements, especially from different points in time, to create a wholesome canvas is no easy task. But the way you are doing it to sync so well shows a deep thought process – and it is working!

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    • Your comment gives me a more empowering perspective of this being am internal debate between opposing emotions – it feels valuable to look at it that way as I very well am growing towards what feels limited in me. I wrote the poem from the perspective of 2 different types of people who are powerful in their ways – one who are bold and unapologetic in the world, and not very appreciative of the other kind who are courageous in their vulnerability with a subtlety to their power. I have felt the dismissal of the second kind by the first who actually are a tremendous source of strength for anyone in the vicinity. I hope I make sense and also that I truly appreciate your perspective on this, and receive a lot of value from it.

      Wow that makes me feel very good about mixing different elements to the post. I felt very fulfilled by your words – wholesome canvas. Thank you very much for such kind appreciation πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

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  6. Such powerful and empowering words! A call for each of us to dive into our hearts and souls and find the essence of who we truly are, who we’ve always been and always will be; Love in all its beautiful, mysterious, mystical manifestations.


    • That is a deeply meaningful reflection you give me Radhika. I feel very comforted and acknowledged for the seeming inner transition that I might be going through. It feels a very new process for how everything is coming together currently. So it means a lot to me what you say, thank you very much my friend.


  7. Sometimes we have to become warriors for what we hold precious, hence love warrior! 😊
    These middle of the night urgings lead to some of the most beautiful outcomes. Your pictures, words and poem convey a strong statement. Beautifully done. πŸ’™

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  8. WOW!!! You nailed it, Prag. YES!! Love is the most powerful warrior for with Love no darkness can be. Oh how my heart soared with this!! Thank you so much for seeing so clearly. So many do not. Stay strong and stay open and above all keep shining your beautiful light!!! xo

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    • It is my greatest privilege and joy to be read by you Amy, as I believe you are that one who gets my poem exactly in each line and in between the lines. You Know what I am saying like no one else does!!Thank you very much for fueling my strength and light. It means more than I can put in words.

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  9. I absolutely L❀️VE your poem Pragalbha and I got chills because I’ve often said I’m a β€œlove warrior” on a mission to spreading love to all my brothers and sistersβ£οΈπŸ€—

    Your poem is touching❣️
    Your poem is love❀️

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    • You give me the chills of joy that a beautiful powerful resonance like that brings ❣️ I wish I could give good enough words to how good your comment makes me feel πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸŒΉπŸ€— I feel greatly glad and humbled if I could call out to another Love Warrior through this poem, truly appreciate your kind thoughtful words, thank you very much πŸ’πŸ’›βœ¨

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