. from Eternal Spring Once upon a time in space God contrived the human race, Gave two things to help us cope: One was love, the other hope. Man was destined for a fall, But love sustained him after all. When all hope was lost in fear, Love would make new hope appear. Love thy husband, love thy wife, Love thy God, and love thy life. Love thy country; keep it free; Love for all eternity. Die for love, for love’s unending. Always straight and right, unbending. Love’s an arrow like a dart Piercing even the darkest heart. Some reject it, some refuse, Some take drugs and some drink booze. But love is patient, love is kind, Ennobling the human mind. An opalescent pearl divine— Expose to light and let it shine— A beacon in a stormy sea, A bolt of lightning striking me. Love will conquer; love will win, Save us from our mortal sin. . . LTC Roy E. Peterson is a writer, retired U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, Foreign Area Officer, and Foreign Commercial Officer who currently resides in Texas.