Love is the sparks of excitement you swallow
Between each kiss.
Love lies in that empty space next to you
in bed, after they’ve gotten up.
The space you crawl into to keep their warmth
and how you secretly smell their pillow as a reminder.
Love is being vulnerable, even when your afraid.
in between screaming, tears, and slamming doors.
Love is dancing without the need to hold on
Love lies in the birth of a sunrise.
When the stars lingering in the clouds fade.
Painting sky in colors of dawn.
Ever growing brighter.
“Love is like falling and falling is like this…”**
Yet at home, in the middle of the universe.
Butterflies surround your stomach.
you feel more free than ever before.
Laughing flows out like rivers
and when your eyes connect
it is as if the other is
When I fall this time,
you don’t catch me.
Instead, you too allow yourself to fall in.
**Quoted from Ani Difranco song.
I wrote this poem on 10/04/01. I was asked to write it from a good friend Hannah Smith to read at her wedding.
I love this poem but looking back I feel my life has changed so much that I was barely scraping the surface of Love.
This is because as humans we evolve constantly, particularly when we reflect on our lives. I am a very reflective person and those who know me well know that my life has done at least a 180 degree turn since 2001. All thanks be to God. I laugh to myself because at the time of this writing I was still in awe of 9/11. I remember vividly flying somewhere and checking out all of the other passengers on my flight fearing a terrorist was among us. You see, I believed the hype. I was afraid. There were some men who looked like they were from India that I was skeptical of, then some darker skinned others that I thought may be Arabian. I had no one to give my fear over to, as I do now. I also had not broadened my horizons yet, growing up in one of the whitest states of the union had taken its toll on my view of diversity. I did not yet know about my “knapsack of white privilege”. I had just begun to study sociology and some of our articles blew my mind into a whole knew way of thinking. More specifically I had not yet found religion and within it peace. I had not yet met my husband and really found that true love that was destined for me.
I am so grateful for my personal evolution, revolution, awakening and revelation. I am grateful for my family, my friends and everyone I have met on this path. I am grateful for light and deen (religion) and I pray that my path may be forever illuminated by it.
Alhumdulilah, I am forever grateful. 🙂
From my heart.
LOVE you all.
Peace and Blessings (Assalamu Alakium).