Love Is Like a Mine (Written November 30)

Love Is Like a Mine


Love is like a mine.

You go deeper and deeper,

Down shafts, through tunnels,


Into caves, across lakes, to places

You’ve not seen before. Sweet talk

Guides you to where the mother lode


Lies buried. But instead of coal,

Or iron, or nickel, or gold,

You uncover mountains of ash


Still hot from yesterday’s fires.

More sad than angry, you lash

Out against the deceiver,


And vow to find your way

Home again, whatever the sins

You have to answer for upon arrival,


For not to arrive would be a greater

Catastrophe. Not to feel that revival

Of heartache, which makes life sweet.