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Love Is A Verb

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 4:20 AM

TMNT-Nap Time by dgLari

Kiss each little green head as they sleep. 

Worry of what may happen if they wake before you return.

Leave anyway because there is no one else and love is a verb.

Shiver against the bitter cold midnight.

Traipse through miles of muck and refuse.

Climb upward with exhaustion in each step and supplies at your back.

Check at every sewer grate for lost coins or the occasional dollar.

Expose yourself to the dangers of the surface world.

Worry what would happen to them if you were ever caught.

Go on anyway because there is no one else and love is a verb. 

Slip silently through shadows and allies.

Rummage all night through dumpsters and trash bins. 

Gather aluminum cans, salvageable blankets and half eaten scraps for your own meal.

Disguise your mutated body under a found coat and hat.

Find the homeless man who doesn't look up and doesn't ask questions.

Exchange the soda cans for a few dollars, though only half what he'll get for recycling them.

Lament your humanity that would make caring for them so much easier.

Berate yourself for wasting time dwelling on what will never be again.

Worry you've been gone too long already.

Move on anyway because there is no one else and love is a verb.

Navigate to the 24hr market with the headphone wearing cashier and drowsy security guard.

Survey from across the street to be sure the market is mostly empty and access is clear.




Duck as the metal chain swings toward your head. 

Sweep his feet from under him before he can register the miss. 

Grunt when his friend suddenly appears and punches you in the stomach. 

Recover quickly.

Jab at pressure points in his neck as he tries to choke you.

Focus on the other as the first falls limp.

Return the punch to the second to double him over.

Spin into a kick to propel him to the wall. 

Watch as the two run away, the little "old man" more of a challenge than they had thought.

Feel anger at teenage thugs that would steal your precious few dollars.

Bemoan that they probably have no one to love them. 

Remember your purpose. 

Worry the fight may have drawn attention. 

Proceed anyway because there is no one else and love is a verb. 

Breathe deeply to settle your fear at being under florescent lights even well disguised.

Remain casual as you lay milk, rice, potatoes, a cabbage and 4 small chocolates on the counter. 

Fret you may not have enough money.

Exhale when the cashier bags your things and you walk out the door. 

Turn into the alley to collect your earlier scavenged finds.

Drop into the nearest manhole, grateful to be underground again.

Trudge toward the lair as quickly as your heavy bags will allow.

Enter your home, finally, and hasten to place the milk and cabbage in the makeshift cooler.

Ignore the other groceries and supplies as you surge toward their sleeping mat.

Lay a gentle hand on each unmoved, breathing, sleeping head. 

Lean back against the wall a little weak at the wave of relief that washes over you. 

Thank the ancestors nothing happened and you were lucky one more time. 

Worry you may not always be so fortunate. 

Smile, live with the constant worry and go put the rest of the food in the cupboard anyway, because there is no one else and Love Is A Verb. 

Skin by:LabLayers
For :icontmnt-allstories: "Love" Contest. (Update: I won:))

Grand gestures of affection are certainly nice, but I think love is often much less glamorous. It can be seen in the million little unconditional things we do daily and often thanklessly for those we care about. As a father, Splinter exemplifies this for me in the tireless devotion it would take to raise four little turtles alone and in secrecy and without the luxury of being human. I hope you enjoy! 

Beautiful Cover Art by dgLari Used with permission. Thanks!

This piece was also recognized by the group :icontmntcommunityawards: Thank you so much! I'm honored. 

March 2014: EnsoDancer by dragonricca
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Given 2014-04-05
An engaging piece, written in a unique poetic style. Love Is A Verb by EnsoDancer ( Featured by SingingFlames )
dgLari Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, after all this time, I finally came around to read your beautiful piece, and let me tell you, I'm stunned. It is so perfect and touching. You've captured so much with this subtle yet complex piece I could see everything happening in my head. Thank you so much for sharing! And congratulations on the DD, it is well deserved. :heart:
EnsoDancer Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Your feature art is no small part of what people love about this work. Thank you so much for letting me use it and for sharing such kind comments. Hug 
fullmetal52 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Wow, this is some powerful stuff. I usually don't read poetry, but this is incredible. Very well done.
EnsoDancer Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
I actually don't usually write poetry but this just sorta came out. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, I really appreciate it. 
TheBrokenKnight Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
I'm not even into ninja turtles, but its such a sweet story. Very well done! 
EnsoDancer Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
I appreciate that, thanks!
TheBrokenKnight Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
You're very welcome! 
MsObscure Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
I'm so slow some times, but... Congratulations on getting a DD, that is awesome! This is so beautiful, and so great to see a written TMNT piece getting the recognition it deserves for a change! 
EnsoDancer Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Thank you very much, I was more than a little shocked that a TMNT fanfic was chosen myself let alone one of mine. Some folks who've seen it have commented that they're discovering or rediscovering the fandom here on DA, which is great for not just me, so I'm pretty happy about the whole thing.  :D
alwayschillin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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