Poem 'Love Is The Only Reason We’re Alive' Imagines Falling In Love At 85

"And then we'd laugh and cry again about the people we had been."

"I want to fall in love at 85."

In-Q, a National Poetry Slam Champion and songwriter who aims "to entertain, inspire, and challenge his audiences to look deeper into the human experience," recently published "Love is the Only Reason We're Alive," a poem that imagines finding love at 85 years old.

In-Q's narrative involves shuffleboard dates, dancing to old hip-hop songs, taking aerobics classes, and spending genuine time with one another.

For example, at 85, he and his love would "ask each other why and how and who and where and when, and then we'd laugh and cry again about the people we had been."

But the poem doesn't shy away from the hardships that come with loving someone at an old age. In-Q recites:

"Hold her head close like death isn't chasing us — planning on erasing us. And replacing us with better versions of us. Reshaping us, remaking us, then recreating us with new identities so we can make new memories."

He explains loving someone through sickness and death; that raw, "push-comes-to-shove love," that comes with holding on to someone through their passing.

Finally, he concludes:

"Love: the only reason that we are alive, and none of us should have to wait till we're 85."

The poem has been animated into a video produced by Moving Art. It's pretty beautiful and worth a watch. 

Be sure to watch the full video below:

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