Welcome to Verse First, where simple notions prompt amazing poems.
Long ago, passion was used almost exclusively to imply suffering. This usage continues today as observant Christians are keenly aware of The Passion, or suffering, of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death. Over time, however, usage of the word changed. It now has multiple meanings and applications.
Passion can be an intense, driving feeling or conviction. Artists often speak of a passion for their work; and social activists use the same term to describe their involvements. The word is also used to describe the object of these deeply felt emotions.
Passion can be an outbreak of anger or an ardent affection. To some, passion means lust; to others, love.
Philosophers and writers have addressed the topic of passion for centuries:
Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) said, "Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless."
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) ~ "With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion."
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) ~"I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived."
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) ~"It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind."
What is your passion?
What does the word mean to you?
If you're not yet inspired, here is an image from a garden I left, but still love:
Now, poet-friends, I invite you to write with passion, about passion. And then share it with the world. Post your work on your website, then use Mr. Linky to share it with us. Feel free to leave a comment below, and please support your fellow poets by visiting and commenting.
Can't wait to read some amazing poems! ~ Kim