The Little Book of Love


They needed a short paperback on love:

‘A hundred pages,’ explained the letter,

‘Airport stuff, a Christmas stocking filler.’

Simple enough, I thought: a poem or two,

A few choice quotes from the usual suspects,

A photo of a couple by the Seine,

Plus memories of passions at first sight,

Delirious summer days of pleasure.


‘The Little Book of Love’, I shall call it.


But hang on, what about the other side?

The revers de la médaille, so to speak.

The disappointment, not to say despair,

The guilt, the shame and the double dealing,

Base desire, absent any feeling.


True love is dangerous, for all its joys.

Whatever place or riches one enjoys,

It sidles up and captures you by stealth;

It should come with a warning for your health.


‘Lovers beware’ or ‘Beware the lover’:

Put these in big letters on the cover.

◄ Come out today!

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 4th Jun 2021 16:52

And my thanks to everyone for the likes.😀

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 4th Jun 2021 16:51

Aviva, I wonder which one would sell better, in these dark times? Thanks for the comment, Julie. Yes, airports, perhaps we should tag along with a G7 delegation. Thank you for the kind message, Ghazala. Best wishes in your endeavours too - you seem to be doing rather well.

John - you are quite right, of course, although I plead not guilty to the head banging. I must be careful not to appear too grumpy, or world-weary, especially as I avoided by seconds getting caught in a thunderstorm today. Result.

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Ghazala lari

Fri 4th Jun 2021 02:46

All the best👍 I hope you achieve success in your poetic endeavours 💖

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John Coopey

Fri 4th Jun 2021 00:48

Oh, Stephen! I’m afraid you’re banging your head against a brick wall if you’re trying to counsel youngsters about falling in love. We young ‘uns have always fallen for it and always will.

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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Thu 3rd Jun 2021 20:33

Or, maybe you could write two books,
The Little Book of Love
The Book of Little Love

Although, they might not sell equally well.. there is that...

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julie callaghan

Thu 3rd Jun 2021 17:45

I look forward to buying it, if we are ever allowed near an airport again! Thank you Stephen

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