Love Beyond Love

Love, knowing that the one you love

may not be here tomorrow,

knowing that today may be 

your last day to truly meet,

knowing that you cannot know 

how the story ends.


For what is left in this life 

if you have nothing to lose?


Care, care deeply, care until it hurts, 

care in spite of what people say,

in spite of ridicule and rejection and being misunderstood,

care so much that you no longer care

what happens to you.


Sink, sink willingly, into this 

bitter-sweet mystery of love,

never knowing what love is 

and loving anyway,

like a fool, like a fascinated child, 

like a madman,

like one who has forgotten 

how to be cynical, 

or how to be right.


Love until your voice trembles, 

and your heart pounds, and your legs shake,

and your philosophies crumble to dust, 

and your cleverness bows its head 

in shame and in reverence.


And you will be taken to the darkest places,

and your heart will be set on fire 

by the ones to whom you were never able 

to open your heart,

and you will be reminded of what 

you have always, secretly, known:


That in time, 

you will forget everything,

except how to die, 

and how to love.


~ Jeff Foster


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