Surrendering my shield
Unfolding past patterns of behavior
Doing away with division
Breaking down hand-built walls
Giving myself completely to love seems scary,
Preoccupied with fear,
Swerving past individual differences,
And encouraging reverence,
While gently removing layers of life.
An exquisite paradox,
Complicated yet carefree,
Challenging yet compassionate,
Empowering never encapsulating.
I learned lofty love with my partner
Who sways back and forth,
Supporting my inner and outer worth.
An affectionate hustle,
With a rhythmic unspoken link,
Rising between us,
Resembling an unassuming eye wink.
He elevates my character and spirit.
He shifts my thinking towards tenderness.
He entangles my senses and thoughts.
We go beyond the beyond,
With our similar soul vavoom.
As the lotus flower unfolds in murky water,
We also, discover a deep place to feel safe and bloom.
To give and receive love,
We must be our own,
Before we can be each other’s.
A return to innocence.
Identifying new vantage points,
Sometimes with sarcasm,
But always together.
Hand in hand.
Heart to heart.
Cultivating our version of lofty love.
Published at Life As A Human August 2016 http://lifeasahuman.com/2016/arts-culture/poetry-arts-culture/lofty-love/
© Shannon Hogan Cohen 2016