The TrueLove


There is a faith 
in loving fiercely

the one who is 

rightfully yours

especially if you have

waited years and especially

if you never believed

you could deserve this 

loved and beckoning hand

held out to you this way.
I am thinking of faith now

and the testaments of loneliness

and what we feel we are

worthy of in this world
and of the story

of the storm 

and everyone

waking and seeing

the distant

yet familiar figure

far across the water

calling to them.
And how we are all 

preparing for that 

abrupt waking, 

and that calling,

and that moment 

we have to say yes,

except it will

not come so grandly

so Biblically

but more subtly

and intimately in the face 

of the one you know

you have to love.
So that when 

we finally step 

out of the boat 

toward them, we find

everything holds

us, and everything 

confirms our courage, 

and if you wanted 

to drown you could, 

but you don’t 

because finally 

after all this struggle

and all these years

you don’t want 

to any more

you’ve simply

had enough

of drowning
and you want 

to live 

and you 

want to love 

and you will

walk across any territory

and any darkness

however fluid and however

dangerous to take the

one hand you know

belongs in yours.

-David Whyte -THE TRUE LOVE

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