Where Love Resides

The physical body, a tangled mess of matter.

The human soul, a beautiful mass of presence.

There is an “I” between matter and presence,

But where does love reside?

We are broken in an anxious world,

Where hateful words slither along cyber channels.

Love mistaken by meaningless validations,

Are these connections real?

I am more than a tangled mess of matter,

Real connection was born the day my soul met yours.

Love resides in us,

Enough to help the defeated in our broken world.



  1. Jennifer A · April 27, 2015

    Larisa, I’m confused. How can such a beautiful soul like you write in such an open, heart-felt and honest manner yet be a “tangled mess of matter”? We are our own worst critics, aren’t we? You may not believe this, but you are inspiring.

    Love, Jennifer


    • larisadhondt · April 27, 2015

      It’s human nature to struggle as we come to better understand ourselves and each other.
      I love you dearly Jennifer, and am so grateful that we can be connected despite the distance.

      – L


  2. Audrey Gibson · April 28, 2015

    Did you compose that ?

    Sent from my iPhone



  3. Ruta DHondt · April 28, 2015

    This poem is amazing, it made me cry. You have so many deep thoughts and know how to express them beautifully. Where did you get this talent or gift? Love you soooo much, Mom

    Sent from my iPad



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