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Can You Love Me?

~Esther Mitchell, 2016~

“Can you love me as I am?”
Asked the snowflake of the sun.

“I’ll only love you as the water,
I can make a gas, like me,”
Replied the sun,
And destroyed the snowflake’s fragile beauty,
And everything that made her unique.

“Can you love me as I am?”
Asked the sapling of the storm.
“Nourish me and help me grow,
To be a tree, strong and true to who I am?”

“No,” boomed the storm,
“I’ll only accept you if you grow,
The direction I demand.”

Then the storm sent wind and lightning,
To break the sapling’s spirit,
And bend its will with fiercest threat.

“Can you love me as I am?”
Whispered a tiny voice in the night,
As tiny feet crept to the edge of a bed,
Asking for a trust that should never be earned.
“No matter what or who I turn out to be,
Can you always accept and love be,
For no reason but that I’m me?”

Be careful with that fragile trust,
And how you answer back,
For while words forever carry a mark,
It’s what you do that tells the story,
of the person you really are.

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici

“Visible”

~Esther Mitchell, 2013~

Would it be so hard to see me,

For more than what I can do for you?

I’d like to be visible,

For me and myself alone.

Yes, I’d like for you to see me,

My hopes and dreams and fears;

I’d like to be remembered,

For more than just what I’ve done over the years.

More than anything,

I’ve only ever cried,

To be loved and honored,

For who I am inside.

Love me for my heart,

That fragile, steel-caged thing,

Which beats with trembling hope,

That someday, it might again sing.

Love me for my spirit,

My indomitable will,

Embrace me for my differences,

My thoughts, and all I feel.

Accept that I might stumble,

Understand that I may fall,

Don’t place me on a pedestal,

Or back me against a wall.

There’s a lot to me that you don’t know,

A lot more that you will never see,

Unless you have the open heart,

To love me for only me.