I choose to enter in with you,
engage with you, take risks for you.
I see that loving changes you,
And so I enter in.
I seek to open up to you,
Confide in you, not hide from you.
I want a tie that binds to you,
To meld me to your skin.
In opening, I hurt for you,
I bleed for you, have need for you.
In doing so, I long for you,
And pain makes heart-ing hurt.
But something blooms inside of me,
Has pride in me, can’t lie to me.
And as I bleed, its beauty frees –
In giving, I find worth.
Relationship requires risk. Sacrifice. ‘Other-ness’. And yet, created as we were for relating, the benefits outweigh our struggles as we learn to allow our hearts to engage on a deeper level. Risk well!