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Poem - Do Not Be Afraid To Love

Updated on January 15, 2011

Why can't we love freely?
Everyone protects their heart
Learn to live within the feeling
It's not too late to start

Love and sadness are life
Sheltering your feelings are not
Your heart begins to die
When your mind says stop

Unconditional love is the way
The more you give the more you get
An old lesson of love
But one we seem to reject

Why do we try to conceal
The love we want so badly?
You must let yourself go
And give yourself gladly

Do not fear another's rejection
Let them turn away
They are not your God
You will love another day

Playing hard to get is a game
You are an adult now
It's time to live with the pain
The field of love awaits the plow

Is avoiding pain more important
Than showing the love you have?
Is denial your way of life?
Do you think you will never be sad?

Do you want to be lonely
And never feel togetherness?
Do you want bury yourself within
And wither away to nothingness?

Is your mind blank?
With no memory to cherish?
No experience to draw upon?
Only a place where love will perish?

It is time to believe
Leave behind insecurity
Summon the strength from within
Enjoy your heart's purity

The reflection of your love
May not return as intensely
No matter how dim the light
You will live on with your dignity

Rejection can be like death
Unless you believe in yourself
God loves you as you are
Don't look to another for health

It is time to love yourself
But not in a vain way
A quiet confidence is needed
To live in contentment each day

Look for a companion
But not for validation
In this there will be disappointment
Because they are only human

You are beautiful
Know that this is true
No matter anothers feelings
Let your heart shine through

You are worthy of love
It is time to pull back the curtain
Let your love show
And your life will be unburdened



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      The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Angel In Disguise - Thank you!

      @laj khan - I hear you... for everyone eventually...

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      laj khan 4 years ago

      love like a pain

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      Angel_In_Disguise 4 years ago

      This is great ! Loved it.

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      The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you! It's been so long since I wrote this that I had forgotten about it until I noticed I needed to respond to some folks. It's just about trying to get beyond head games and shame or the feeling of unworthiness. We are all worthy... people make mistakes all the time by picking the wrong partner and unfortunately the one for them sometimes gets discarded for the shallowest of reasons yet the one who was rejected carries deep hurt because the gave the other person too much power in their life.

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      me :) 4 years ago

      Hello! :) I bumped into this poem, and it captivated me. You're poem speaks several truths, and I truly love your poem. Beautiful!

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @pamela - Thank you and I'm sorry for taking so long to acknowledge your kind words.

      @Nat - Thank you. We all seem to meeet "our match" at times and feel bad about ourselves. It's a matter of knowing you are worthy...

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      Nat Amaral 5 years ago from BC Canada

      Beautiful poem--one of which I can relate to so well. I've experienced this many times over. I have been used more than once, just for the so called sake of love, and I'm at the point to where I don't believe in love. It's just used as a way to con, rob, and cheat. Otherwise, for me, it no longer exists.

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      pamela770 5 years ago

      Wow, I just stumbled upon your poem when searching for ' how not to be afraid of love'. I just love it. Very soothing words but with a powerful message. Thank you for sharing your gift.


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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Laurie- thank you for being so kind about my work. It's ture that yo have to be ok with yourself... you need that strength or you will fall into an unhealthy relationship. You need your own strength in order to openly love someone. You can't be afraid or it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.....

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      LaurieDawn 6 years ago


      How right you are about loving onself, and letting it shine out there, without need for validation. Something I have had to learn in my older and I pray wiser years. For if we settle for less, I have always wondered is it real. Thank you for your profound words and for your delightful prose.

      I always enjoy reading your work.

      Blessings and hugs.


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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @always - oh you know... I'm sure it's not that good but flattery will get you anywhere! Thank you....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is beautiful and the flow couldn't be any better. My favorite line,'The field of love awaits the plow. Genius!!

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @doug - thanks for commenting... not everything flows perfectly I guess...

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      The L-word can be a scary state of mind but, as you recommend, worthy of opening up to. I know how difficult rhyming can be, but I was a little sad to see it coming and going. But it's better to write what you mean than to try and rhyme impossible words. The essence you wanted to convey shone through and that is what's most important. Well done.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @diane - thank you for commenting. It's true... we have to take a chance on getting hurt in order to be able to have that passion we all want....

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      dianeaugust 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Ah, yes, the human spirit is made for relationship. We have to be willing to put ourselves into a situation of risking emotional hurt to love. A couple of bad experiences here and there make it harder--but we must keep on--for love is the we open to so much more even when we are afraid. Beautiful poem. It captured many of the emotions I have and I imagine so many have. GREAT! da

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @UlrikeGrace - thank you for saying that. It's how I feel...

      @acaetnna - thank you again for being so sweet!

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Yes we are all worthy of love. The more you give out love the more love you will receive. This was a beautiful poem - I loved it.

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you The Suburban Poet, this is truly a poem that not only is beautiful but takes us, the reader, to beautiful places. Thanks for sharing your heart in your many poems you so willingly share. Blessings Ulrike Grace

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Hey Ashantina - thank you for following me so closely... it is very gratifying... it is unnatural not to love... we crave it but then we get burned and it feels terrible... i say it's on the other person so be loving and you will receive your gifts....

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      Ashantina 6 years ago

      Being afraid to love is like refusing a drink when you're thirsty. Its 'un-natural', and I say that from a non-judgemental perspective. As a line from your poem says: 'Love and sadness are life'.. but they are also a choice. Oh and I just 'love' reading your poems SP!! ):