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Love poems for human hearts are reflections on love and healing, restoration and newness. Humans in the world live in circumstances not as they should be – impacted by pain, loss, betrayal, shortcomings, hardship and much more. God’s love invites us to receive healing for our hurt, forgiveness for our fault, restoration after loss. God’s love for us – helps us to see ourselves as God sees us, to love God, other and self (more) healed and more free.

These poems gently include layers of human love (intimacy, friendship, family, community).

At the core throughout is God’s invitation of loving relationship offered to each of us. To heal us. Our forever-loving companion.

 

Scales 

Find the one

Who will not be appalled

By your dragon scales

But who also knows you

Weren’t made to wear them

Who champions your

Shedding endeavour

Holding up the lamp to see

Who will rub ointment

On the wounds beneath

Who walks with you

And removes the barbs

 

Find the the one

Who reminds you:

You are underneath

Supple

Soft

Strong

Featherlight

Meant a dove

Not a dragon

 

Find the one

committed to

Their own

Restoration

Washed

In the pure

Distillation

Of truth

And who remains

There

Until healed

And free

 

Find the one

Settling not

for distortions

Or lies

About self

Or other

 

Find the one

Who runs

After the

Light

 

Until both are free

 

~~~

 

Broken and (More) Whole

Broken….

Change this

Change that

Hate self

Please the other

Not good enough

Too much

Avoid the other

Unlovable

Pained

And screwed

 

Guard self

Body

Both liability

And burden

bleak

 

Heart

Shattered

Pieces not fully

Found

 

Other and self

Desperate

Together

Double-weight in grief

 

Unknown to self

Unknown to other

 

Fearful to see

Fearful to be seen

 

Shadow half-life

Broken

Hearts in cages

—-

(More) whole…

Body beautiful

Yours and mine

Lived in

Story of self and soul

Of abundance

Of healed scars in time

Respected

Offered

Delighted

Received

Creative

Free

Joy

And griefs are born together, easier

Love uncovers self

Holds space for other

Love helps selfsee

Love welcomes the other, seen

Wanting to be known and to know

Safe and calm

compassion

passion

patience

delight

Yes-really

This is love

 

~~~

 

Love

Love does not demand

But delights

Love does not insist

But listens

Love does not belittle

But uplifts

Love does not require

But respects

Love does not own

But offers

Love does not seek its own-renown

But serves

Love never dominates

Love never controls

Love never tricks, lies, or blames

Love takes responsibility for the self (communicates)

Love, promises, keep

Love humble, faithful, cares

Love patient-waits, welcomes, respects, believes, champions, the other

Love freely gives and freely receives

Love: thrives in truth

Love: abides in grace

 

~~~

 

To help and to hearten you

 

To build

Not to tear

Or rip or break

Or mock

To behold with joy

 

To behold

You

With

Joy

 

To help and to hearten you

 

To vision the new

To see the inspired idea

Finished

And start again

With the next

To see it through

 

To want to truly

Know what’s in your

Heart-dreams and

To remain in humble

Awe of the treasure shared with them

To be careful with it

Tender

Even, especially, as dreams

Take on flesh

 

To bring you food

On plates

Snacks in bags

Beverages in cups

Fuel for the finish

To listen

And believe through it all

The building

Writings

Painting

Running

Creating

It would be complete

To Stand in the rain

In delight (knowing every start and restart)

At the line

To say I always

Knew you could do it

 

~~~

 

Helped by the healed

To care

To heal

To know it’s better to prevent the breaking

Than to glue the seams

To see thriving

As good

And war wounds

As past

And prevention

Of harm

Of pain

Far better

The the best cure

A generation thriving

Informed

Known

Helped by the healed

…We must help each other heal…

 

~~~

 

Connection

WiFi Connection

Caffeine

Cake

At

A Cafe

Calloused souls

Seeking

To be softened

By seeming nurture

Of the three

Though hidden

Much more

deeply

They’d

Rather be

Across the table

From

You

 

Communication

Conversation

Truly

To listen

To be heard

 

To be

 

To

Simply

Be

 

…..Breathe…

 

Free

of judgement

Or condemnation

Our souls

Hearts

Intellect

Can hardly stand it

(So inexperienced, we, in abiding in such a place)

Yet thirst

For it

More

Than water

 

~~~

 

Long-term relationship

 

Long before the world

You

In the

Eye-heart

Of God

The idea of you

Delighted

Filled and full

The very

curve

of your eye

Hand

Foot

Your hair

Every internal

Space and place

The sanctuary of the Self

Carefully made

Carved stone

Muscle, breathe,

And bone

 

The timing of your

Days now here

Filling

Scrolls

Unfurled

Every tear of ink

Stained known

On the testimony

Of the page

Of your life

Every joy

And height

Every secret desire

And greatest hope

 

Just here waiting

The love letter

With your name

Written long ago

 

Here the

Ledger of

Your life

Paid in full

 

The air…. stilled

 

God

waiting

for you

 

You

Dearly

Loved

One

 

May you

welcome God home

To every bow arch in the cloisters

Of your heart

To find your home

With the

Holy

Abiding

With

Love

Forever

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