Misunderstanding Love (14/11/13)

“You misunderstand love.”

I know it better than you ever will.

My heart burned with a fiery passion
That I cannot bear
And it hurt me till I wept for mercy
That is love.

The couple together for fifty years
Who still kiss every night
In case one never wakes.
That is love.

I see the beauty in that woman’s eyes
As she clutches her wife’s hand
She’s never smiled more warmly.
That is love.

That child can’t run but his dog can.
He can’t see, but his friend sees for him
And I never saw more trust.
That is love.

The fights of a daughter and her mother
Because she’s a disappointment.
But who is it she clings to and cries her heart out
Because no one else will listen?
That is love.

Their house burned down
The next day
Inundated with donations.
That is love.

I know love.
It has beaten me down and torn me to pieces
It has raised me up and my heart is swollen
I am so terrified of being without it
But I can’t find it for me.
You didn’t open my eyes to love.
You closed them. 

What hurts the most
Is being told that
Your life
is a misunderstanding
All I ever wanted to do
Was spread love.
Hand it out like change to beggars on the street
Who wallow in their loneliness.
And you tell me I’ve got it wrong.
The only thing I ever got wrong about love
Was thinking I was in love with you.

You say I’m confused
But I know the truth.
Simply that the window of my view
Is not as narrow as yours.

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