i heard her — a real, live woman with a beating heart,
inside her disappointment, say
what does it matter how i live, this world is hard, and why should i care about others, and don’t tell me to smile when nobody ever smiles at me.
and i said, i know, but look!
right here there is a field of orange
just for you,
and why don’t you lie down
in its green embrace and breathe.
just for a little bit.
and if you look up, far away, you will see millions of tiny water drops clinging to each other with sheer joy,
i know they’re only clouds,
but soon they will pour their life out
all over this field, and
they won’t care about giving themselves away, and they won’t worry about tomorrow,
or whether the earth appreciates their
tell you a secret,
sometimes, love is messy.
but, i love anyway.
i give it away to everyone
who deserves it, and
especially to those who don’t.
because they are the hungriest, and they don’t know how to make it themselves, and
so i give it to them just like rain, with no expectation.
and really, it is so easy to let go of fear, and all the bits of what-will-they-think, that whisper in your ear, and
sometimes, they don’t want my smile, and they have walls that won’t let kindness through, and that’s ok.
i am not afraid of walls, because i have broken down my own from the inside out, and i know how hard it is to do.
but every now and then,
a word from my mouth flies right across a valley, and falls gently on a heart that hasn’t eaten kindness in weeks, and
it is like a rainstorm on a hot afternoon,
and the relief
when those clouds finally break,
is a living,
and i don’t think about the mess then, and
i’ll worry about that another day, and who really worries about cleaning when a tired heart blooms bright in front of your eyes, and all it needed was a bit of love?
so, come, leave your heart outside for a bit — right here with the flowers.
i think i smell rain in the air.
— how to love a tired a world.
© Liezel Graham 2019.
Photograph by Surreyhills Wellness.