SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE
what does it feel like to know someone loves you,
when you don’t feel that same love in return?
and how do you treat this lover,
to try to help them not to yearn?
you can only state your feelings clearly,
and know if you're not kindled, well, you just are not.
and although it hurts, right down to the bone,
you wouldn’t want any love to be for naught.
there was a quote i read somewhere,
something about no accounting for where love might go;
be it a Goddess or a Sow’s Ear,
no tellin’ what your heart wants to unfold.
it’s silly to even try to explain inter-action;
interest is caught, or it simply, isn't.
Carl Jung calls it the Anima and Animus,
your secret Opposite you perceive, within it.
if you are kind, you will treat it kindly,
and be ginger with this lover’s heart.
but you must also make it clear to them,
that what they hoped for isn't the same on your part.
but if you are cruel, you will be careless,
and you will cause another great pain.
so if you do not love them in return,
you should not lead them any further your way.
not everyone can make a transition
from being Lovers into being Friends.
no shame, no blame, we’re all just like that;
when love is unrequited, it must end.
it does neither party any good
to wish for completion in another.
if you are not complete within your own self,
you will cling, and grasp, and smother.
no one wants to be glommed onto;
no one wants someone on their tail.
it begets mistrust and ownership,
and in that imbalance Love cannot prevail.
so be loving in your departure;
allow each side to have flight.
be sweet to each the other's hearts,
and wish them well as you move on by.
for in the end, you realize you are only a lock,
and someone wants the key.
but if they insist, and don't pique the same in return,
they only want to fulfill their own need.
need only hurts when it’s not returned,
but one's dreams only reside in their own mind.
if you think you've met a soulmate,
think twice if it doesn't return in like kind.
for one will be a taker, and one will be a giver,
and depletion is it's only course.
without mutual spark in interplay,
you only allow their cart to drive their own horse.
Graphic: "In Sight," by Bear Kirkpatrick,
entitled The Triumph Of Death.
Appears to be after Bosch, which is fitting. I like havin' him around.