THE PUREST FORM OF LOVE
You will not know virtue until you know vice.
You will not appreciate joy until you know sorrow.
You will not appreciate peace until you know war.
You will not know a woman until you know a man.
You will not appreciate beauty until you know ugly.
Yet who determines what sorrow or joy is?
Yet who determines what beauty or ugliness is?
What binds us more than anything in the world is a common denominator called Love.
In our search for love in its purest form, we find God.
The joy in our find, we try emulating.
Is love not the common most important virtue in all faiths?
Why then, does Man in his quest to reach this purest form of love reach vice?
Who determines virtue from vice if not the purest form of love?
How then does the impure form of love become judge and jury of virtue and vice?
In contrasting opposites, we find our reflection,
Like our reflection in a mirror, we truly find ourselves,
For virtue knows opposites but vice crushes opposites.
If the purest form of Love does not discriminate,
Why should we?
Sumaya Adams Attah is a 27-year-old Ghanaian poet who has engaged vocally and creatively on issues affecting the youth, women’s empowerment and human rights. She has worked with several civil society organizations such as the Rotaract Club and the Positive Ideas International Foundation, on projects promoting disabled communities’ access to education and early childhood development. Her poem “The Purest Form of Love” is a call for diverse religious communities to use faith as a way to unite around the shared values of love and virtue they promote rather than as a discriminative instrument.