How Can We Love?
How can we love with all our children gone?
Since morning, noon and long into the night
when they were young the time for us was slight.
The question's asked, how can we carry on,
relight the flame to which we once were drawn,
adjust our gaze to where we focused sight
before our daughters came into the light?
Let’s find the passion parenthood’s withdrawn.
Our flock has flown, but we are in the nest –
a man and wife whose friendship must renew.
This time of change puts marriage to the test,
but we’ll survive if what we had was true
and we make time together now our quest.
You work with me and I will work with you.
Initial inspiration came from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnet, "How Do I Love Thee?"