Welcome to the Write…Edit…Publish blog hop. The theme for this February edition is All You Need Is Love.
What could be more appropriate for the Valentine month than All You Need is Love, by the Beatles?
All you need is love – interpret this any which way you like.
Tell us a story about lovers overcoming unsurmountable odds with the power of their love.
Or spin a flash about parental love, unconditional and endless.
Or about platonic love, the support network that friends provide without which individuals can’t function.
All you need is love…or do you? Turn it on its head and tell us how insufficient it is to get by on love alone.
Put the words of the title into the mouth of your MC. Or a minor character. Or have it play somewhere in the background, barely noticeable…
You see, there are as many takes as there are forms of love.
Remember, there’s no genre restrictions – it’s not necessary to write a traditional romance just because it’s February. Interpret the prompt in the most unValentine-y manner if you like – satire, horror, fantasy, any and all are welcome here, except erotica.
For this challenge I settled on poetry which is my first love… but as I always say, poetry has been ousted by flash fiction. But that’s a story for another day.
Anyway, I penned this poem many years ago. It’s about lovers who overcome insurmountable odds – and it’s payback too! I’m still thinking about a tagline.
Love The Second Time Round
His mother said, NEVER! The girl was not right…
Her father then put up one heck of a fight!
His brother so eager to burst that love bubble
Her sister so willing to add to the trouble
That was the beginning, how it all started
A decade ago, when the teen couple parted.
But over the years they could never forget
The strength of their feelings when they had first met
She decided to give it a fair second chance…
He planned it complete with song, wine and dance.
Both families discovered the secret location
Converged on the love tryst in fits of frustration.
Colourful decorations adorned the whole space
Of the “star-cross’d lovers” no visible trace.
The letter left everyone mute and aghast:
“Eat, drink and be merry – have a real blast!
By the time you read this we will be long gone-
The battle is over, we have finally won!
Our chance for love a second time round
Is such a rare gift – true love we have found!
We’ve put an end to this decade of madness
And this time YOU get to feel the deep sadness.
Too many years of non-stop intervention
Lies and deceit – such a bone of contention!
We’ve made a decision, we’re cutting all ties
So sick and so fed-up
of meddling and lies
Just leave us alone to start a new life,
To be happy at last – as husband and wife!”
No of words: 242 words
So what do you think?