Love is Not Known, A Poem by Nolo Segundo


By Nolo Segundo

Love is not known, and

can never be known.

Love cannot be weighed

Like bullion or flour.

Love cannot be roped—

A wild mustang running

Free, never tethered,

Never corralled—freer

Than the north winds


Love has its own mind:

It comes when it comes,

Will not hear entreaties,

Will not beg its bread,

For love rules all worlds

And love soaks all life.


Love is a gangster,

Obeying no laws,

Taking what it wants.

And love is a priest,

Making holy life’s dirt,

Redeeming then the

Wreckage of hope by

Pouring its holy water,

Quenching all longing


Love is a magician,

Appearing in two

Hearts at once,

Transforming the

Beast into a man,

An alchemist

Changing lead

Into gold….


And love can never die.

When the heart it holds

Beats its last beat, then

Love will soar with soul

To the next world, for

Love is the only key

That can pry open

Heaven’s heavy door.



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