What I have for you is love.
An abiding love to
Propel you through your day,
Inspire you to new possibilities,
Awaken you to the infinite ability in you.
Love is a most dutiful eraser and organizer, an equalizer even.
Unconditional and unrelenting in its pursuit,
Gentle in its gait, but determined in its duty.
Love shoves despair and destitution back into their respective corners,
Confirms and accepts the deciduousness of our blues.
Love knows, wants to know.
Forces us to ask and contend our most gut-wrenching and troubling questions,
Grows us…. somehow.
Love withdraws you from you,
From that second skin you grew…. for what?
Pulls you from those places which served only to confine you,
Keep things dark,
Keep you in place.
Love exposes you and dresses you up,
All at once!
Gets you truly ready for the occasion of your gift-giving.
Makes you feel the kind of pretty not yet captured onscreen or in a glossy ad.
Yeah, that deep-down kind of soul pretty,
Same one that makes you feel….
Ready, poised, certainly capable…. again,
Lets you know you are worthy, beyond indispensable, amazing!
Gives you that glow that rests atop your shoulders,
Kisses you gently,
Whispers deliciously and all breathy-like into your ear.
Reminds you of just how beautiful you are,
Brings to light the brilliance of your gifts.
Most worthy, beautiful, indispensable, radiant, amazing someone,
Your very concentrated essence, the extract that is you!
At its epicenter is love.
Unyielding and uncompromising…. Love.
In Other Words, by James Baldwin: