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For the man I will love


Can you love me at my worst the way you do at my best?

Will your arms wrap around me when tears fall from my eyes?

Will the secrets of my heart be safe in yours?

Will you speak good of me when I am elsewhere?

Can I trust the intentions of your being with all of mine?

Will the darkness lingering in my heart frighten you away,

or will you stand in the storm and take my hand

whispering, you are safe?

Will you bring fresh ideas and adventures for us to explore,

and ask me to do the same?

In the circle of your embrace,

will I find home?

Is your patience that of a saint,

for when my inner storm expands beyond the confines of this shell?

Can you forgive deeply and completely,

and ask me to the same?

Can you love a complicated being so intensely

that you see jewels among these shards?

Can you allow me the space to face my shadow,

without judgment,

without malice,

and allow, when I am ready, my refreshed return?

Does the darkness scare you,

or can you be the light that shines through?

Will you remember that,

though we journey together,

our passage to the next plane must be a solo endeavor,

and because of this,

we must travel our own path too?

Can you love me through the difficulty,

helping me to trust the human soul once again,

encouraging my independence,

delighting in my joy,

sitting in awe of that which lights me up,

and not be threatened?

I will, for you.

Can you for me?

~ Tracy Soulders

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