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January 9, 2019

Your Capacity to Love is so Powerful. {Poem}

 

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Right now, there is no such thing as armor.

I stand naked, but not exposed.

I breathe in a thousand rosebuds of beauty.

I surrender—

To pleasure

To joy

To ecstasy

To tears

To truth.

I see a giant window of all that life can be, outside of the hurt.

I get to know myself, outside of the crises and fear and aches.

I get to taste what comes after the suffering.

Life looks different, bigger, wider, brighter. The colors are vivid, the pulse and breath of existence feels more…alive.

I dare to look at myself—and heck, I even see beauty there.

And my heart glows.

Tears tumble, goose bumps grow.

It is but a mere moment, here, with myself—

It is so simple.

So serene.

So true.

It is unequivocally soft.

It runs up and down my spine, like the pitter-pattering of a light, misty rain.

And I remember these words my beloved said to me not long ago—

“It’s amazing, your capacity to love. It’s so powerful.”

It felt really good to hear that.

‘Cause for some time, I feared I had become bitter. Cold inside.

And I think this is what’s incredible about being human—

In spite of all the pain, rage, suffering, rejection, abuse, hate, and sorrow we may face in this world—

We have this huge capacity to love

And nothing can take that away from us.

Nothing. 

And in this moment,

My heart swallows me whole.

I surrender

To

Love.

To the shaking bones of tenderness.

To a serenity I’ve never known before.

And it, oh—

It is so sweet.

We are so human.

We can struggle so much.

Our hearts are so big.

And I dare you to stare your soul in the face.

I dare you to taste how beautiful you are.

No armor necessary. No masks needed.

You sparkle, all on your own.

And it is in this—all the softness and joy that comes after the sh*t.

All the rose petals that rain

After the ache.

I smile.

Because I now know, I am learning

There can be such peace after the pain.

And I want to tell you what my beloved said to me—

Your capacity to love, it’s so powerful. 

It is.

No matter what society tells you.

You know.

And don’t forget the roses, the blessings, the sweetness, the vivid wick of aliveness that comes

After

The

Pain.

May love rush like wind into your bones

And take up residence

Completely.

~

author: Sarah Harvey

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Editor: Catherine Monkman

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Shez Wagener Jan 10, 2019 1:10pm

This is goosebumps beautiful. Excellent writing.

Larry Furlong Jan 10, 2019 10:40am

Thanks Sarah, I find this a beautiful poem which resonates strongly within me.

Lisa Moyes Jan 10, 2019 8:54am

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Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey resides in the mysterious mountains of western North Carolina. Through the journey of healing her own trauma and pain, she has found power in poetry, art, and dance. She loves supporting people to step into their power, find their voices, and flourish. She believes in resilience. She believes that sometimes, our darkest days lead to the most unexpected, breathless joy. She currently offers life coaching sessions and is pursuing her Masters in Counseling. She feels passionate about supporting sensitive souls with a grounded, creative, and gentle approach.  Follow Sarah on Facebook and her website!