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The Fear of Loving You

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The Fear of Loving You

You told me not to be afraid,
And yet fear still overtakes my body,
Each time you say those words.
Each time "I love you,"
Falls from your tongue,
Into the phone reciever,
And reaches my eager, yet cautious ears,
My heart stops.
Surely you don't mean it.
I mean, I've heard it all before,
The waiting,
The, 'I love you, no matter what,'
The, 'We will still be friends after,'
And after each I say,
"I don't know,"
And you say don't be afraid,
And I swear my heart stops,
It skips several beats.
Boy can I believe you?
Everything within says yes,
Yet my mind says no.
I've seen this movie before,
Skip to the end and tell me,
Do we live happily ever after?
And no, I don't believe in fairy tales,
But can I be your princess?
Your African queen?
You told me not to be afraid,
And yet fear overtakes my body,
Each time you say those words.
Each time, "I love you," escapes your lips.

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  1. Date: 12/28/2011 10:49:00 AM

    This is so honest, so heartfelt. So much feeling went into this poem. I love this.