Letting Go of the Need to Be Liked

Bartering for affection

has come to an end.

I love you with no hope of

return like some inner sun

that has to spend its rays

or I lose my voice

like a singer hiding

in a hood.

If you love me back,

we will come alive.

If not, I will glimpse

the whole of life

by igniting my heart

like a match.

This excerpt is from my book, The Way Under The Way: The Place of True Meeting, 2016 Nautilus Award Winner.

*photo credit: Karol D

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