I Chose to Love You


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I Chose To Love You

I chose to love you,

Not because you were perfect,

Or because I wanted to connect,

But because I first liked you,

For being the person you are,

I saw the way you treated others,

Like everyone was a sister or brother,

You were never haughty or mean,

You were the kindest person I’d seen,

You never gave up, never were daunted,

The way you asked for what you wanted,

Never demanding or criticizing,

Trying to manipulate or confronting,

Demands stop the flow of love, you stated,

While requests give love a chance to relate,

You turned out to be quite a gem,

You accepted me for who I am,

So I made a choice to love you,

When I was being abusive,

You weren’t reclusive,

You stood your ground,

And wouldn’t let me put you down,

You told me you loved me too much,

To be treated badly,

It wouldn’t be good for me or for you,

It would turn out sadly,

 You had too much self respect,

And too much respect for me,

To let our relationship just be,

You held me accountable,

And made me better than I was,

I chose to love you,

Your kisses waited for me,

You gave me space to be free,

Without being smothered,

You let me take your love,

Like a fish takes the bait and runs,

But once I tired of running,

You reeled me in,

Letting me think I was still free,

But I was too much in love,

And glad you chose me.

9 thoughts on “I Chose to Love You

  1. I’ve been there…my own short comings and sometimes the grouch in me emerged just because I woke up hating myself ,not for any reason,probably just because I could. The thing is that harsh words can’t be taken back once they are said…I learned that lesson the hard way.
    Living with myself one day at a time as Shawnda lives with me one mood at a time. She’s making me want to be better though… I’m a lot more choice with my words these days. Her birthday is coming in two days and I believe a good ones in order…Take care!

    1. Treat your lady with respect and love. It will be returned 10fold.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  2. Dan,
    Sometimes a piece of gold like Shawnda makes those wants fall into the “doesn’t really matter” category but before her the wants wouldn’t let me sleep. You’re right about respect sometimes that falls into the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” category when it is lost or forgotten doesn’t it?

    1. Not finding out what you had until it is gone is the saddest story of all. I was too full of myself before. The wisdom I have is based on experience, and experience based on mistakes. Therefore I’m very wise, or at least should be. Gold glitters better from a distance than up close when your shadow covers it.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  3. I made a mistake once when I was very young. I wished upon a star…I wished to be healthy, wealthy, …and wise. I have always been healthy, I started out with nothing yet made my own way, but knowing how many mistakes, embarrassments, short comings, and utter failures I would have to endure to become wise…I would have left that part off completely!…Just clowning around. Hope this week is a happy one for ya!

    1. I prayed for wisdom and patience. I raised bees, was a dog trainer, and then taught 7th & 8th graders for years. My patience increased dramatically. Wisdom–it’s a very slow process for me–ongoing–just have to live through my mistakes up to the end. Perhaps praying for both kept me alive. Even when I’m whining every day is a happy day. What are my alternatives? Friends often hear me saying, “Thank God, I’m alive!” and “Every day above ground is a good day!” Have a blessed week and enjoy all the love your family and friends give you. Blessings, Dan.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  4. Praying for wisdom …isn’t that like asking to be punished so that you can learn from more mistakes? Certainly not the easy path by any means. Nothing wrong with being thankful for being alive…Gives you a chance to reflect on what there is to truly be thankful for, it makes me come away with a bit of humility when I do so because I am quite sure that I have done nothing to deserve what I have around me yet I live in it every day.
    Bees, dogs, and 7th & 8th graders…man you must have a lot more patients than I could ever imagine. I don’t think I could do that stuff without my head exploding…The first time one of those little booger pickers said something like I’ve heard kids are saying these days and my head would spin around like on “The Exorcist”. Hats off to you for that achievement…it’s a dirty job and I am glad your were able to do it.
    Have a great Christmas Dan

    1. Why not pray for the hard things? Long ago I realized I wouldn’t get out of this world alive even if I always played it safe. So I give it my best shot, ready or not, play kick the can, or love a woman, and just reflect on what a beautiful world this is. Bees for twenty-five or so years, dog training, still do that occasionally, and students — still a tough row to hoe. But they rub some of their energy on me and I can run with the young dogs just for a minute. Yep, they do say things that have me going to the dentist, grinding my teeth down to the nubs. Trouble is parents stand up for their children and don’t teach them respect. But that’s a story in itself. Next for poetry from me–staying away from love for a couple of weeks and discovering what the rest of the world is about. I’ve been blessed every day so Christmas is just another day to be blessed. You enjoy Christmas also. If you and family are passing through, stop and holler, or stay a day or two.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

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