My Secret to Loving You

My dear one

Let me tell you my secret:

 

Whenever you wonder

Why I love you

When you’re imperfect

In so many ways

 

My heart breaks

And its fragments move

Into my mind, my eyes, my mouth

My chest, my arms, my legs

 

My blood carries

Pieces of this heart

That loves you so dearly

And spreads it

Everywhere

 

Whenever it breaks,

It breaks open for you

And so I love you

Not because you’re perfect

Or you’re imperfect

 

I don’t care about perfection

I don’t care about the dream

All I care about is this reality

The one I share with you

 

It’s more beautiful

Than any wish or hope

For it is already here

 

In you, the beauty I see

Can pierce through

Illusions

That keep me blind

 

I am awake

In your midst,

I know

That who you are

Is a being that I love

Completely

Unconditionally

Irrefutably

 

You,

With all your doubts,

Your pain, your anger

You,

With your tenderness

Your wisdom, your soul

You are whole

 

Within you, I find

Hope, joy, and life

Within you, I know

That humanity

Is precious

Expanding

Evolving

You, my dear one,

A wonderful human being

You make me humane

You remind me of myself

You teach me how to be

Still, present, amazed

 

Life is perfect

With you around

My heart could break

But it will never perish

 

For you, my love,

Give it reason

To keep evolving,

Growing

From my heart to yours

 

May you see

That your struggle

To breathe, to change, to improve

That your self-judgment in mistakes

That your meticulous words,

Thoughts, and actions

 

These are all signs

That you care so deeply

For this world.

 

May you see that within yourself

And while you learn how

I am here, my dear one,

To hold you

And show you

The love that’s already there

So you can remember

The love that you already are

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