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“To know love we have to invest time and commitment…’dreaming that love will save us, solve all our problems or provide a steady state of bliss or security only keep us stuck in wishful fantasy, undermining the real power of the love — which is to transform us.'” – bell hooks

The pebbles on the window pane were percussive taps of freedom.

I was told:

Only with a boy would I be safe in the world.

I could not go—unless, unless, unless

There was a boy to protect me.

Sounds like love but it’s trade.

Never trusted to be on my own.

Alone.

I broke free and left anyway.

Thinking.

I would die.

Because I was taught

Never

Never go without a bodyguard.

Seemed barbaric to me then.

But now…

Looking back

I understand her fear

It’s all she had

Fear

Not because she chose it consciously

Because she barely got out alive herself

Fear

Shackles clenched in opposition

Opposition to love.

Love

To love is to trust from the gut

To stay in touch with the head

To navigate these things

And sometimes

Trust

Trust in the face of past betrayal

Trial loves

And failed friendships

Liars posing as lovers

Words attempting to replace the action

of caring

All of that betrayal

Takes you to her path

Fear

But your gut says no

No!

Love anyway!!

DO IT!!!

Well

That’s just NUTS!

So

Love is crazy

It is

It’s crazy trust to stand back up

Dust off

And dance naked in the light of joy

And, if not joy

Honesty.

Cannons pointed

Ready, Aim,…

But, you don’t duck

You don’t run

Because

Because fuck that

You saw where fear got her

You saw that right?

She landed in a land of fury

Unable to speak she spat

Fire

She became a destroyer

In the name of being destroyed

So

Love

Love anyway

That’s what I do

So can you.

And, yes

Love is crazy.

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