An issue of privilege

All I can say is this,
that you are dear and beloved of me
for who and what you are.

And while I see only the tiniest bit
of the beauty that is you,
that little glimpse blinds me
and I struggle to say more
then just my awe.

You may not believe any of this. That is OK,
I will wait to be proved right.
But at the very least believe in me and my belief in you,
for I believe in you with all my heart and soul.

Thank you for reading An issue of privilege, one of the more joyous poems I’ve written recently! I sincerely hope you have enjoyed it and I humbly appreciate your visiting the Book of Pain. As always, I look forward to your comments.

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2 responses to “An issue of privilege

  1. That is the nicest definition of codependency.
    When it comes to another human being love is like a “travel”. You know it is love by the fact that you both are going in the same direction – towards more love. There is no waiting, or hoping but connection. You both believe with all your heart and soul in the present route and the infinite destination. You are moving forward peacefully by giving and taking, the both of you. Each giving and each taking is made in love and that enriches both at the same time. “The greatest thing we will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

    • What a thoughtful and insightful comment! Thank you. And I agree totally with your, “The greatest thing we will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”