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Moving into Relationship:

Poems to Ponder for Loving Well

By Kathleen Furstnau


Published by Kathleen Furstnau at Smashwords


Copyright 2018 Kathleen Furstnau


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Table of Contents


Quotes

Introduction


Poems:

Love Is the Largest Thing

Family

Needs and Wants

Springtime Love

Being Held

Being With the Likes of Me

Love Is at Work

Marriage Messages

When I Am Joyful

Mustard Seed Love

What Do I Bring

Amazing How Sweet

In These Moments

Family Teachers

Graces

The Mask

Relationship Angst

Wedding Bells Ring

Endearing Traits

God Holds It All

Endless Love Changing Form

Life Partner

Heroes

Judging

Living with a Hero

Receiving

Connection

Grateful Love

Lingering

Treasure

Deeply Loved

Grandchild Relating

Friends

Loving You

Love Is the Answer

Can You See

A Necessary Marriage

Who Is That

Thank You God


Acknowledgements

About the Author

Other Books


Quotes


If you don’t love yourself, your best possible relationship is doomed.”


Relationship begins and ends with respect.”


Love is the largest thing.”



-Kathleen Furstnau-


Introduction:


Why is love so hard to achieve and yet so sought after as the crowning achievement of life? I personally think this is hardwired into us and that desiring relationship is as old as the world. We want and need mirrors to become all that we are created to be. Without other people in our lives we lose perspective, creativity, and purpose. If you are familiar with my Moving into Shadow poems, then you know how important these mirrors are in filling in the spaces we want to avoid. Every person you encounter has something to bring to you. Each is a mirror to show you your willingness to respond with love or not. Even your relationship with yourself.


Being able to be in relationship happens pretty easily. Being able to love well in relationship is the stuff of poetry, study, and great self-awareness. The poems in this collection come from many different aspects of relationship from friends to family to lover. I am the poet here, but also the student, watching my responses and yours, in this grand experiment we call being human. It is my sincere hope that as you ponder these, you will become more aware of what your responses are and be inspired into loving well.


Kathleen Furstnau


Love Is the Largest Thing



Love

Is the largest thing

It cannot be contained

Or constrained

It cannot be used up

Or only fill my cup

It cannot be removed

Or improved

Love is the largest thing


Family



A place of fiery steam or full esteem

A place of saving face or saving grace

A place of subtle daring or open sharing

A place of eggshell dance-a-lot or dream-like Camelot

A place of push and shove or awesome love

A place of staying in the box or living the paradox

Family


Needs and Wants



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