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To The One I Love

Updated on July 9, 2011

I can't promise that you will truly know me;

In a lifetime's seeking

I have not yet come to know myself.

I can say that I will always show you

Where I am on that journey;

Open or closed, strong or afraid, passionate or empty.

I can't promise that I will always be there for you;

I have not yet mastered always being there for myself.

I can say that I will support you to the best of my ability,

In good times and in bad.

I can't promise that I will support you in ways that are gentle and kind;

Sometimes the only way I can support you is to let you fall,

Or to fight against you.

I can say that for as long as you are on your journey,

You can count on the power of my intention

That you reach your fullest and highest potential.

I can't promise that I will always give you what you want,

Or even what you need.

I can say that even when my resources are limited,

My desire to give to you is boundless.

I can't promise that I will never hurt you;

I will make mistakes, and even if I were perfect,

In following my heart's truth I may still cause you pain.

I can say that my intention will always be the highest good for you,

As well as me, and anyone else involved,

And that I want to hear your pain and hold it, whenever it arises.

I can't promise to be consistent, or predictable;

I am following an inner compass,

Which is capricious and confusing,

But is also the key to my soul.

I can say that I will strive always to speak and act mindfully,

And not make rash choices based on whims, or voices from the past.

I can't promise that I will keep any promises I have made in the past;

At each turn in the path, everything may change.

I can say that I will constantly work to be clearer in communication,

More responsible in making promises, and more powerful in manifesting what I say.

I can't promise that things will go back to they way they were once before;

We are not the people we once were.

I can say that every time we reach a new level of understanding,

And look back in horror at what we have been doing to one another,

We have the opportunity to create something cleaner, freer,

And more powerful than ever before.

I can't promise that we will achieve our goals;

We may outgrow them,

Or never grow into the people who can achieve them.

I can say that I will always have goals and work towards them,

That I will understand and support your goals,

And I invite you to create shared goals with me –

Not for the having of the results, but for the sheer joy of playing side by side.

I can't promise that I will always listen to you;

My triggers and bad habits may get in the way.

I can say that it is my heart's desire to know you -

Your dreams, your fears, your passions and your soul's depths,

And I ask you to be patient, and generous,

And be willing to try speaking again.

I can't promise that I will always do the things you recognise as loving;

I may at times simply be incapable.

I can say that I have never known a love to vast, so grounded, so deep,

And whether or not I show it,

My soul is shaped by the immense power of my love for you,

And always will be.

I can't promise to die in your arms,

Though I cannot think of a better place to die;

Our lives' paths may take us to distant and opposite parts of the globe.

I can say that wherever and whenever I die,

You will be present in my heart, adored and glowing,

Wrapped in the gratitude I feel for everything you have contributed

To my life, my growth, and the nourishing of my soul.

I can't promise you any thing, my love.

I can say that you will always have my love, admiration and respect;

That I cherish your body, your soul, and your potential,

And that I would like to share the journey with you.

I invite you to step into the unknown with me,

And dance.

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    • carter06 profile image


      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This is really beautiful & thought provoking, Inspirepub...glad I found it...cheers

    • Cathyrin profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines

      Beautiful and inspiring.:)

    • bettybarnesb profile image


      8 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Beautifully written. I can tell that you love life and enjoys what life has to offer. That in itself is a gift.

    • pennyofheaven profile image


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Absolutely beautiful. Thanks

    • Eiddwen profile image


      8 years ago from Wales

      These are beautiful words. I have only just come accross you on here and i am loking forward to reading more of your work.

      Take care Inspirehub.

    • dinesh c bhatt profile image

      dinesh c bhatt 

      8 years ago from India (Noida)

      Hello, Inspirepub

      Very nice....wonderful, Great poems..........

      I love it!!!!

    • Serendipity88 profile image

      Raina Makdissy 

      8 years ago from California

      I had to read your poem a couple of times…so captivating. It was very moving. The beginning verse is the absolute truth. We never stop growing and learning no matter how old we or what stage of life we are at. Your writing is very relatable and this poem is beautifully written truly capturing the reality of life, relationships and changes. It reminded me of this quote I like “Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become gateways that lead to new beginnings,” Ralph Blum. Keep up the incredible work and I can’t wait to read more! :)

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      This is lovely! Thanks for sharing.

    • Joy56 profile image


      8 years ago

      Well Misha says you are a goddess, so i flew over here to read your work...... I was not disappointed.

    • Seakay profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      Flowing and intense. Obviously, from the heart! My writing started out in poetry. Of course, that was many, many years ago. Recently took another look at some of the thoughts I "inked." At times, you need to go back to your roots. Thank you!

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      A beautiful poem, your words say it all, think positive at all times to help you through the good and bad days. Thanks for sharing this from one oz to another oz

    • alternate poet profile image

      alternate poet 

      8 years ago

      reads nicely - like a prayer :)

    • sandeepbirla03 profile image


      8 years ago from United State

      i really like to read it ........... enjoy

    • Inspirepub profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Very much alive - and very happy indeed with my current circumstances.

    • Misha profile image


      9 years ago from DC Area

      Glad to learn you are still alive My Goddess! :) How is your journey going? ;)

    • Inspirepub profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thank you so much, Sage.


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      Sage Williams 

      9 years ago

      OMG! This is one of the most wonderful poems I have ever read; spoken not only from the heart but from the soul as well. Authentically rich, delivered with passion, vigor and elegance.

      Beautiful, Beautiful poem. Nice Job


    • Philipo profile image


      9 years ago from Nigeria

      Power of love. Very interesting.

    • Inspirepub profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Of course, Linda - I'd love it if you did that!


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      Linda Joslin 

      9 years ago from UNIVERSE

      I would like to put a link to this hub on my "Taoist Sexual Ecstacy" hub, see whether you would mind me doing this. So few people understand this level of relationship.


      Linda at UNIVERSAL LAWS

    • Inspirepub profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks, Linda. I love "The Invitation", and if this is read by even one percent of the number of people who read that one, I will be thrilled and honoured.

      I did feel the power you mentioned, while writing it. A very profound experience. I hope it touches others the way "The Invitation" touched me.


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      Linda Joslin 

      9 years ago from UNIVERSE

      WONDERFUL, reminds me so much of the energy of "The Invitation" not the words for they are different, but feels like it has the same power .... and the invitation went around the world.


      Linda at UNIVERSAL LAWS

    • amulets profile image


      9 years ago from Singapore

      Very nice verses. I love it very much. Thanks for sharing with us.


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