If I Am Loved Back | 3.10.21

Called myself broken for many years, believed something defective in the way I loved. Said it early, said it first, felt it stirring ages before others, called it love when I knew it as love, felt no shame in the saying. Belonged to me, this love, this spark of something that didn’t dim in me when shared, if I’m warm, I thought, couldn’t others also be? Gave it, early, first, often.

I am the love I give away, I am the continued giving despite what is returned. Embarrassment has never come, never seeped in and stained this purity. Protected with honesty, perhaps, I say it when I feel it, I feel it when it’s real, and this insulates me. Perhaps I am kept warm with the truth of how I love, how I only laugh when I mean it, I only cry when there are tears that need falling.

If one day it’s discovered that our superpowers are our vulnerabilities at the very same time, I will understand. I will nod with realization that it’s how it should be, and when confronted again with a heart’s thumping that lends rhythm of love, I will open my mouth and share the song. Called myself broken for many years, believed something defective, but maybe, just maybe, I’ve been doing it right all this time.

If I am loved back

has never really stopped me

from giving my love.

Haiku on Life by Tyler Knott Gregson

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