I’m learning to love without smothering him…
He was spirited, mesmerizing,
Flittering across lands and seas
Resplendent in all his glory.
He was free, full of vivacity.
By sheer chance, I saw him,
And desired all of his qualities.
I sought and seized him
Then placed him in a gilded cage;
In a room inside my sanctuary,
In a flatland near the sea.
The days went on smoothly,
I was so happy to behold him,
Be near him, to listen to his tales
Of both triumph and tragedies.
As the days and weeks passed by
His voice became frail, distant,
He lost his vibrant colors,
His wings were chipped, broken,
His eyes, red-rimmed from crying.
Then it suddenly occurred to me,
He was reminiscing of the kingdom
From a far-off magical land,
Situated in the mountains;
Where a comely princess
Demands his time, affections,
Awaiting for his expedient return.
I was strucked by my utter
Selfishness, my inconsiderations.
I can’t abide watching him
Slowly deteriorating, dying.
He longed to be free from my clasp,
From my overbearing attentions,
My selfish love and devotion;
All he wanted was to be able to
Soar thru the vast blue yonder
Speckled with countless stars at night.
So I let him be. I set him free.
I opened his cage & he flew swiftly.
I stood still by my window,
And as I watched his departure,
Hot tears cascaded down my cheeks.
Only then did I knew what loving is.
If you love them, you set them free.
Since love shouldn’t be taken by force,
Nor shall someone be treated as
A caged animal or a prized possession.
Although you chose to decamp,
My happiness will never leave me.
Knowing you’re alive and merry
Is more than enough for me.
I expect nothing of your return,
As you traverse the timeless realities.
But my beloved legendary bird,
I yearned for you to return to me.
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