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Voices – Love

Not Love!

How dare you.

Don’t say the word.

You cannot hope.

You mustn’t try.

It is not now!

It is not Love.

So little time.

Too much to feel.

It is not Love.

I never said it was.

It could be love

not today, but one day

I can hope.

Perhaps, some day.

I know, not now.

I did not say.

Just…one day.

So much to feel.

It could be love one day.

But it’s okay.

Perhaps one day.

Yes, I can see

a little sprout

maybe will grow.

It will take time

and gentle care.

I can see the way.

Let us feel, and enjoy.

Let’s watch it grow.

I’ve been accused of giving my heart too quickly, that my love meant nothing because it was so easily given. It’s also been said that perhaps I allowed myself to be too vulnerable. That I should close up and not trust so much, not give so much. I think the full point behind that remark was that I, in some way, deserved what I got. Does a woman deserve to be raped for wearing a skirt? Unprovoked violence or a violation of another person, body or trust, is never warranted.

My love life has sometimes been rocky but I really love who I am today and I wouldn’t have gotten here without most of the difficult things that have happened in my life, there are very few things I look back on today with regret. And those things I do regret I don’t carry with me like a burden, they helped to mold me, I don’t have to like the lessons as long as I love myself. I’m sharing with you things that might have been very painful once but may not be today. I may share with you thoughts that I have since changed over time, that doesn’t make the ones I choose to share less valid. I want you to feel, and think and take things with you to mull over in your mind later – next week, a month or a year, or more from today.

But, those two comments together started me thinking about personal responsibility and how maybe people think they can get by with treating others disrespectfully while hiding behind the 90’s catch-phrase Personal Responsibility. “It’s not my fault she got hurt simply because she doesn’t have good boundaries.” I dunno, I think that we all have a responsibility to treat others in a fair and humane way. And that we shouldn’t have to worry that if we are being open with someone we are going to be taken advantage of.

I’d much rather give someone the benefit of the doubt and be wrong than to not trust someone and miss a true connection. Frankly, I’m glad that I have the ability to love humanity so freely, I wish more people could give and receive love that way.

I really believe that the world would be a better place, if more people were willing to love with blind-faith.

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