Jesse Ellsbury

(March 23,1982 / Washington D.C.)

Love is Not a Shallow Pool


Love is not a shallow pool,
you don’t break your neck when you jump in,
you just break your heart:
and you never know your heart was whole
until, by virtue of being broken or shared,
it’s not whole anymore.

Love is an ocean
where man becomes a husband,
where creatures come to life,
where woman becomes wife
where the depth of humanity
supersedes the inanity
of our daily strife.

Love is a sea
where wants and needs convene,
where tears mark where we’ve been
so we never must return,
for love is something earned
by the lessons we have learned,
by the times we have been hurt,
whether we called it love or not.

Love is a body of water
in which you cannot drown,
where you sink or swim when you jump in.
And it hurts to feel your lungs fill up,
it hurts to learn love doesn’t float
but that it must be inflated;
it hurts to forget how to breathe,
but it all becomes worth it
when you realize love is what we need.

But love is something never said,
love is something never heard,
love is just a symbol
shown by actions, not by words.
Love is something never spoken,
love is something we all gave
at some point by some sort of name
that we consider a mistake
love is something never broken
love is something made.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Edited: Friday, July 26, 2013
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Written for a girl who had never been in love before.

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