Let us be love
Daring to meet the adventure of our heart’s desire
Testing the fires in joy and courage.
Let us dance—together, apart, and back together
In joy, in ecstasy, in dreams, and in love
Raucous, wild, happy dances; quiet, slow, loving dances; confusing, reflecting, pensive dances; complicated, challenging, growing dances.
Let us dwell in the beauty of each other
Knowing and understanding that is not all we are,
But knowing that this is what we choose to worship, to nurture, to celebrate.
Let us hear and hold each other’s stories
Being true to our own stories,
Making a divine duet of poetry until our stories sing the dreams of the other.
Let us explore our failures and successes together,
Supporting all the endeavors that bring us closer to our soul purpose,
Understanding what sustains us and hold this in our hearts every day.
Let us get up together after grief and despair
Or, when that is not possible, shouldering the burden of each other’s needs
Holding strong in the ebb and flow of emotions.
Let us age and learn and evolve
Perhaps not always pretty, but beautiful
Loving the growing details of our souls more than the declining details of our bodies.
Let us know there will be sorrows and pain
Sometimes we will move through these together, sometimes separately
With no judgment on how the other person is doing it.
Let us be more than brave
Love being not what we seek, but who we are
Our love providing the richest base from which our souls may grow.
We do not know if we can stand in this fire yet
But I offer my hand to you as we approach
If we shrink back, that is ok—we know we are strong enough to keep trying.
Let us be whole together
Two complete people, still growing and learning, side by side, adding to each other in every moment
Let us be Love.
Author: Tui Anderson
Image: Tim Gouw/Unsplash
Editor: Leah Sugerman