Searching for the True

Loving you was never a choice. Knowing you first as a friend held my heart open so it could be almost unknowingly filled with you. I overflowed with love for you almost before I was aware of the emotion.

Scottish poet, novelist and translator, Edwin Muir
reimagining-my-lifeYes, yours, my love,
is the right human face.
I, in my mind
had waited for this long.
Seeing the false
and searching for the true,
Then found you
as a traveler
finds a place of welcome
amid the wrong
valleys and rocks
and twisting roads.

Love Me Anyway

My Love…
There are haunts inside that cause me to hurt you, but they have nothing to do with you. I am grateful beyond expression for your forgiveness, especially when you don’t understand, yet love me anyway.

Buddhist photographer, poet, author and artist Tyler Knott Gregson
slow_dance editI promise you
I will try harder
to be better.
I have battled with
things inside me
for longer
than you know;
I do not know
what they are
or why they are there;
I only know
that they feel
when I am
around YOU.

Stitched Together With Good Intentions

…is expressed in the simplest of things like you holding on to my arm closely when you’re scared, frightened or emotional or me putting my hand on your back softly to usher you though a door. All are reminders “you are not alone”.

From “Magical Thinking: True Stories” by Augusten Burroughs
goofing aroundI like flaws
and am most
around those
who have them.
I, myself,
am made
up entirely
of flaws,
stitched together
with good intentions.

For Whatever Time We May Steal

…is what it wants to be and only that. It makes of each person what it chooses. There is no choice of how much to love or how long. The only option is to love or not to love; to grab on for the ride however far it goes or else to see it go past and never know what might have been.

Relatively unknown American poet Roger C. Van Horn
What I can offer is simply me.
For whatever amount of time
we can steal.
I offer you laughter
for laughter is beauty.
I offer you honestly
for honestly is pure.
I offer you patience
for patience is needed to gain trust.
I offer you sincerity
for though my sincerity I will show
you my inner being and desires…
All I ask in return
is for you to be honest and open,
for through your honesty and openness
I will receive from you
all that I offer.

Fulcrum of Genuine Concern

…is gained by what we give; not what we get. However, over time the ‘give and get’ must have balance or else love gets smothered on one side. I’m grateful what we share is balanced on a fulcrum of genuine concern and understanding.

Author and Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg
To offer
our hearts
in faith means
that our hearts
are worth something,
that we ourselves,
in our deepest
and truest nature,
are of value.

The Common Transforms Into Delight

…can make ordinary things seem extraordinary: a ride in the first cool air near fall; a meal with conversation; browsing at a bookstore and buying nothing. The common transforms into delight when filtered through a loving heart.

British novelist and scriptwriter Elinor Glyn
is the
which turns
the dust
of everyday
life into
a golden

Falling in “Like”

…is different in middle age. It has its own unique intensity that is far less consumed with desire and far more filled with gentle love like preteen children “like” each other. Falling in ‘love’ is easy. Falling in ‘like’ takes a lot more time.

Popular quote by an original author unknown
It’s so easy
to fall
in love
but hard
to find
who will
catch you.

As The Angels Give

…is waking up with a simple thought about you, a remembered moment or a future anticipated one. Those morning thoughts, memory glimpses and wishes stir into kaleidoscope of hope for you in all its shades of past, present and future.

Scottish author, poet and minister George MacDonald
If instead
of a gem,
or even a flower,
we should
cast the gift
of a loving thought
into the heart
of a friend,
that would
be giving

What Nourishes Our Existence

IS! That says what I feel clearer than any quantity of words can.

Brazilian lyricist and novelist Pablo Coelho
Regardless of whether we love
a dozen times
in our life,
we always face a brand-new situation.
Love can send us to hell or paradise,
but it always takes us somewhere.
We simply have to accept it,
because it is what nourishes our existence…

Slowly Being Revealed

…and its true meaning only now do I get first real glimpses of. Before I mistook neediness, wanting, fantasy, longing, yearning and craving to be love when actually such is its opposite. As children learn, love’s meaning is slowly being revealed to us.

English novelist, poet, playwright and painter D. H. Lawrence
Those that go
searching for love,
only manifest
their own loveless-ness.
And the loveless
never find love,
only the loving find love.
And they never
have to seek for it.