Two kinds of love each complete and capable enough
One of which is Platonic and the other one is Romantic
Platonic is the love that lacks passion but is intimate
Romantic is the love lacking commitment; is passionate
There is a third love too — it is not love to be precise
It’s mere infatuation meeting commitment — fatuities
A friend; man or a woman one tells all of one’s secrets
That’s the intimacy one seek which defines the platonic
One has a man or a woman one shares one’s bed with
That is what a passionate love is, they are not committed
The only thing common among the two kind of loves
Is the intimacy one shares without being called doves
Luckiest is a being who has medley of two kinds of love
Kind o’ love that is; intimate, committed and passionate
It’s a kind — complete and if mutual is all a couple needs
And It’s what a people seek in each one of their deeds
Whatever the kind of love it is though, it needs a taste
Of respect and admitting the flaws, there is no haste
Love has no boundaries, no religion, no expectations
Love is calm, precious all it has are beautiful feelings
Then, is it true that no love is complete without pain?
Does it go together with concept of no pain, no gain?
Yes pain is essential but it is a test of wrong and right
Love is blind to the beauty that is superficial but inside
This poem is basically a result of the awesome side dish video I watched on Coursera from the Introduction to Psychology course in which our professor tells us about Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love. To be precise there are actually seven kinds of love: Liking, Infatuation, Empty, Romantic, Platonic, Fatuous and finally a more complete one i.e. Consummate Love. All except liking, infatuation and empty love; are a part of the poem, they were not included as the subject of the poem is mutual love and not one sided love.
I have heard many wondering, “Do you think I am in love or is it just infatuation?” and now I can confidently tell them whether they are in love or not. 😀
The Triangular Theory of Love of Sternberg’s (CC0 image uploaded by AnonMoos — wikipedia commons)
The awesome thing is that the image colour matches with the theme of my blog! :))
Origins: It all originated when I posted a discussion on the discussion forum suggesting that the last MOOC’s run’s videos be uploaded as side dish videos and to my surprise my suggestion went noticed and the gems (side dish videos I mean) were uploaded!
One of these eight gems is the lecture on Love in which professor explains the Sternberg’s Triangular Love Theory. Fascinating!
It’s an amazing course, do join it if you love psychology. 🙂