Friendship, Lust, and Love
by Bonney Jo Bott 03/12/2007
Friendship, Lust, and Love,
how do they compare?
They are all feelings
of different intensities
and strengths of meaning.
Friendship levels range
from acquaintance to admirer
to ally to champion to supporter—
an associate who provides assistance—
a person you know well and
regard with affection and trust.
It's a state of commitment,
concern, and support.
I've felt these things for you
for many years.
Lust is a hunger, a craving
for a vigorously passionate relationship.
It's a preoccupation driven by desire,
a lascivious thirst.
I feel all these things for you,
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Love is so many things—
admiration, fondness, captivation,
affection, and endearment—
a strong positive pleasure.
It may start with liking, a caress,
progressing to attraction, infatuation,
tender fondness, and sound promise
Exhibited by great affection
and warm enamored devotion
with an emotion of regard
for a significant person in your life.
Love is the action of an amorous lover,
one who loves or is loved—
a beloved person who has deep feelings
of desire and sexual fulfillment,
passionate, romantic lovemaking.
Dearest, my heart bursts with love for you.