What is Romance?

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What is Romance?

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I would say that romance is a feeling of deep attachment and affection that goes beyond all known human bonds. Romance can not be easily defined but only experienced. One who has never felt romantic will never understand about romantic feelings. Lucky are those who fall in romantic love.

Romance can mean affection between a boy and a girl and also refer to many other relationships. A mother always loves her children. One does not use the word Romance for that. What is Romance? Why do people feel romantic love?

Is it purely biological to carry forward the species? Then how are we different than other animals? People die for each other in romance? Why? People feel shattered if a breakup occurs? Why? Why write poems and notes on romance? So, romance is something more than pure biological need.

In romantic love, a person feels inspired. In love nothing looks impossible. Love motivates one to great heights. To please one’s romantic love, a lover can do anything. Some romantic lovers don’t even care for their life in love. One wants to look good in one’s lover’s eyes and wants to win the love for ever. That motivates the romantic lovers.

Romance is an emotion of the heart, and it gives a new outlook to life. It makes one feel good. It makes one feel as if he or she is experiencing heaven. A person in romance needs nothing more than his/her beloved. That is romance!

When you look at the clouds flying across the sky, when you enjoy the setting sun, when you marvel at the beauty of the snow topped mountain peaks, you feel that no sight can better these beautiful scenes. Take a look at the faces of a pair in deep romantic love with each other and you will say – I was wrong. Romance outshines the sun.

Romance is beautiful, but it can truly hurt.


I saw the mountains
Underneath the morning sun
But they aren’t you.

I saw the ocean
Reflected in the moonlight
But it pales in front of you.

I saw the sun and
The moon and the stars and the
Whole world through your eyes.
Galaxies of wonder, possibilities,
And light.

It hurts me still to
Think you left me standing on
A seashore, waiting to fly
And wondering why
The romance had to end and
When my heart will heal.

© Heather Burns, 2015


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