Hard fought struggles that few might know,
Besieged my spirit as my body did grow.
Longed for love never a gift,
Cherished truth, my heart sought to lift.
To beg for endearment was my plight,
Not once fulfillment brought tears to my night.
My soul a shell, spirit near death,
You entered my life, creating new breath.
Belabored my heart, lost midst sorrow,
Your promises of love, dawning new tomorrow.
No words can I find, nor paeans to sing,
That express the love, your presence did bring.
For within your heart, though damaged and torn,
A spirit of love is soon to be born.
Demand not in denial, an end to love’s call,
Greet as your guardian come to defeat the pall.
For now in rebirth, your spirit open to love,
Deny, not your feelings for yourself among all.
True love of the self, your gift once forbidden,
Laid not dormant in spirit, but merely unbidden.
Let your love spring forth, to the pain, say adieu,
May you know the unknown,
LOVE IS YOUR DUE!
To those I love.