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Hope Floats

Updated on March 20, 2012
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You Never Knew Me

I hurt.

The pain is searing

I feel

My heart is breaking

You mock

The love offered

I will be ok

You weren't here anyway


Always occupied

By some greater cause

Related to money

And fame

And possessions

I have peace

I travel a different road

Lived in service

The rewards much deeper

And greater

Hope grows

I flourish


Unrequited Love

Love isn't love until you give it away. Period. Living life for one's own self is not only unfulfilling, it is empty and there is nothing lasting.

Legacies of love are the richest, fullest inheritance one can ever receive. You may have seen it in the lives of your parents, grandparents, friends, or others you see.

The ones holding hands at 60, sitting in an old fashioned coffee shop, having breakfast as they have every Saturday morning. Before they go on their drive, chatting, and catching up about whatever is important to the two of them.

The couples planning for their soon wedding, after a beautiful engagement story, uniquely their own, with stars in their eyes. Hopeful.

My friends, both who have cancer, but haven't lost sight of what is important. I watch them kiss, caringly, and I am mesmerized by the depth of the message without words. I watch their spouses, picking up the slack, making sacrifices with not a shred of selfishness.

I know that road. I have been on it, albeit unsuccessfully. My friends cajole me, I am not verbal enough, not assertive enough to demand what I should. What does that mean, I wonder?

Should love have to be demanded, or does that make one desperately repulsive. I will not, for I know I already have it on a different level. I am so satisfied in that, nothing else compares.

I long for just a brief glimpse of what God declares: "I have loved you with an everlasting love, with cords of lovingkindness I have bound you unto me."

So far as the world defines love, I have lost. I will not acquiesce to becoming a pawn in a business contract. I am saved. I will wait for eternal love, and when I arrive, I will not remember any of this. Thankfully.


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      SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you Express10, I am blessed whenever I write things that touch others! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      I enjoyed your Hub. I believe it describes each one of us. Beautiful.

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado

      Nightflower, Your comments and encouragement are so helpful and yes, I do have an abundance of love. We romantics must never give up displaying what we long for the most. That is the beauty of life...not bittersweet, no bitter, all sweet, that is what I want to display no matter what the cup! Have a lovely day!

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you ALUR! You are absolutely right, and when even heartbreak inspires, we are made better for it. Thank you for the beauty of your words. Here we can express ourselves as we really are, hopeful!

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado

      Cleaner3 Absolutely wonderful truthful words. Once He spoils you, we are committed. Appreciate your comments, and it is comforting to know that you are relatively near!

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado

      Perspy, I cherish your comments. I said it frankly I get to give love that is deposited divinely, and I shall maintain that as long as I live. Appreciate you reading and encouraging! You are a blessing!

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      NightFlower 5 years ago

      This was spoken with heart and wisdom. You seem to have a lot of love inside you to give. I really hope one day you can receive what you seem to be holding. Sweet words.

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      ALUR 5 years ago from USA

      Love is the teacher through it's mirth, suffering and the glow of hope it can often reveal. It scorns, scorches and yet we aspire to hold it near. It should know no boundaries and thus it is what we poets/writers still write and aspire to hold on to.

      Thanks for beauty of words.

      Check out my hubs as well!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      To be in Love with the Lord

      is the best love that there can be

      this blessed love

      we all hope to see.

      Thanks again for a insightful write.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      You have scored again. I read the depth of longing for what all loving, sensitive, giving lovers deserve the chance to expect and realize. When it seems distant, it must be found in the love you give to others, for it is the only love you can generate when doors in open only outward.