Take Love for Granted

Great title! It’s provocative and creates a sense of anticipation in the reader as they wait to see how the poem plays out. -Kyle Austin, age 24

Assume it’s in the kitchen,
under the couch, high
in the pine tree out back,
behind the paint cans
in the garage. Don’t try
proving your love
is bigger than the Grand
Canyon, the Milky Way,
the urban sprawl of L.A.

I love the personification of love here. It takes it off the mythic pedestal that it is so often ascribed to it. -Kyle Austin, age 24

Take it for granted. Take it
out with the garbage. Bring
it in with the take out. Take
it for a walk with the dog.
Wake it every day, say,
“Good morning.” Then
make the coffee. Warm
the cups. Don’t expect much
of the day. Be glad when
you make it back to bed.
Be glad he threw out that
box of old hats. Be glad
she leaves her shoes
in the hall. Snow will
come. Spring will show up.

This author seems to have a strong connection with the seasons, his poems always seem to mention the weather in a way of resigned acceptance: “the summer will be humid” etc. -Rachel McGuinness, age 20

Summer will be humid.
The leaves will fall
in the fall. That’s more
than you need. We can
love anybody, even
everybody. But you
can love the silence,
sighing and saying to
yourself, “That’s her.”
“That’s him.” Then to
each other, “I know!
Let’s go out for breakfast!”

The end of this poem is cute and unexpected, I don’t think it is a ground-breaking view on life, but I think it is conveyed with love and humor. -Rachel McGuinness, age 20
While it may seem a bit silly, the way the poet sets the scene locks the reader into a focused mindset. The rhythm and slight repetition towards the middle keep us in tune with the motion of the poet. This poem is a meditation that leaves you smiling. -Rian Bosse, age 23
In Take Love for Granted, Ridl gives the reader images of everyday things and relates them to finding love in these, not in grand gestures. Love should be found in the repeated simple acts of the everyday, this is where love lives. -Daisy Hall, age 14
We never seem to take love for granted the way we do the seasons or the simple fact of waking up and making breakfast, but there really is no difference between them; people just tend to over-complicate anything relating to love. It is better to love the small details and the people you are surrounded by, to love easily and without fear of that love wearing out. -Laura Crouch, age 20
Through the 3rd Eye was supported in its inception by the Grand Rapids Humanities Council and is currently made possible by continued volunteer effort and private support. Copyright 2013.