Wait for the One who Falls in Love with Your Naked Soul.

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“Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

 

You stand and gaze at your body reflected in the mirror before you.

The body you just gave away again, even though you knew.

You knew he wouldn’t stay.

Your eyes follow the length of your collarbone to your shoulder, down your arm, the roundness of your breast, the subtle curve of your hip. The places where his fingers burned against you as he whispered futile promises upon the hungry needs of your neglected heart.

Yes, he saw your naked body—but he cared not for your naked soul.

Yet you are bound to your ocean of maybes. Maybe if he craves your body, he will ache for your soul. Maybe if he traces lines upon your flesh, he will trace lines down the spine of your ambitions, fears, yearnings and mysteries. Maybe if you give yourself away one last time, he will be the one to answer the question that has consumed your heart since you were a small girl who danced in a princess dress and a tiara—am I lovely?

For this is what you burn for. To have your question answered. To know you are worth the time it would take for someone to learn your soul, and to fall in love with it. To know you have captivated another with your very being. To be cherished, valued, protected.

To feel, for the first time in your life, completely and utterly lovely.

But your question was never answered as you twirled in your princess dress, or as you clumsily paraded in high heels, or as you adorned your face with blue eye shadow and gaudy lipstick. It was never answered as you traded your dress up world for your grown up world, as you strived, excelled and achieved in the hope you would be seen.

You were never told how lovely you really are. How much you are worth. And so you give yourself away in the hope he will answer your question. In the hope he will find you lovely. In the hope that, somehow, his fingerprints upon your skin will bridge together the abyss upon your heart.

But once again you are left alone, your naked body used to satiate the need of a silly boy who didn’t care to see your naked soul.

If only you could see.

If only you could see how lovely you are. The way your eyes carry the glow of a thousand fireflies. How your laughter fills the spaces of a broken chorus. The enchantment of your thoughts, delightfully articulated into words. Your heart, with all its intricacies and uncertainties; exquisite, rare, invaluable.

Maybe nobody ever told you.

But I’m telling you now.

You don’t need to give yourself away to find the answer to your question.

The answer is already there, staring back at you.

You are lovely.

Lovelier than you will ever know. Worth more than you will ever know. More important than you will ever know.

Wait for the one who falls in love with your naked soul. The one whose eyes will gaze beyond your flesh and into the entirety of you. Wait for him, for he will memorize the quickening of your heartbeat, hold close the rhythm of your breath. He will hear your unspoken words, dust the hopes hidden in your dark corners, and trace his finger along the stories you keep beneath your bones.

Wait for him—but not because he is worth it, because you are.

 

 

 

Author: Kathy Parker

Image: Steven Worster/Flickr 

Editor: Renée Picard

 

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Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker is a: Warrior. Dreamer. Creator. Writer. Fighter for all that is beautiful and good. Advocate for the underdog. Truth-teller. Empath. Passionate soul. Lover of land and ocean. Coffee drinker. Gentle spirit. Sensitive soul. Wild heart. Survivor. Freelance writer, blogger for HuffPost Australia, columnist for elephant journal. Writing first manuscript. Married to a farmer in the Limestone Coast of South Australia, mother to four astonishing children. You can find Kathy at This Girl UnraveledFacebook and Twitter.

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Melina Powers Sep 2, 2016 8:11pm

"Wait for the one who falls in love with your naked soul. The one whose eyes will gaze beyond your flesh and into the entirety of you. Wait for him, for he will memorize the quickening of your heartbeat, hold close the rhythm of your breath. He will hear your unspoken words, dust the hopes hidden in your dark corners, and trace his finger along the stories you keep beneath your bones." <3

Kathy Parker Aug 26, 2016 3:49am

Thank you <3

Judi-Kay Durand Aug 25, 2016 6:49pm

Every word resonated with me. I truly hope to be able to capture and express feelings through words so beautifully. Yesterday, it was my gift. Thank you, so very much.

Kathy Parker Aug 25, 2016 3:27am

Thank you Ava - I just wish every girl could know her worth before she ever had to feel this way x

Kathy Parker Aug 25, 2016 3:25am

Thank you Bill ��

Ava R. Whaley Aug 24, 2016 6:41pm

This is so sensitively written it brought tears to my eyes. I think every woman goes through a stage like this. Hopefully, with some age, wisdom, experience and introspection, we come out of it, accepting ourselves, loving ourselves, and surrounding ourselves with those who truly value us. It's a painful road though.

Melina Powers Aug 24, 2016 6:33pm

<3 lovely

Liam Bradley Aug 24, 2016 2:57pm

Exquisite. Thank you for sharing. :-)

Kathy Parker Aug 24, 2016 6:16am

Thank you Greta <3

Greta Mina Reda Aug 24, 2016 4:45am

This is just beautiful. Sure to be a gift to those who read it. Thank you.