Life, Love, Poetry

The Shell Protecting My Heart

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” — Rumi

I feel so ridden tonight by yearnings
For you to break the gnarled shell
That protects my heart
Across your knees
So that I might love you,
As you have come to love me.

Though my years of celibacy
Might seem to many to argue
That nothing could come of it now.

But I have a secret I will try
Though I cannot foresee if it will work.

For I know it’s not your knees
That can ever set me free.
Just like love is never owed,
But ever a gift
That can only be given freely
And spontaneously
With never a string
Or a trick attached,

I know the shell of my heart
Can only be broken by me.

But do I have the strength or not?

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