Below is the poem entitled Defined by Love which was written by poet
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The way you feel about me doesn't define me. You won't cause me to re-think my priorities or examine my virtues. You may love, like, hate or be neutral towards me as a fellow dweller on this vast planet, that's your perogative. Of course I would prefer to be looked upon as good, inspiring, or any of the positive human characteristics we know of... but it's not essential to me if I am not. I respect your opinion either way. More importantly, I respect mine. In my eyes I am worthy of love, friendship, forgiveness, empathy, understanding, praise, blessings, God's Love and love for myself and I can only hope for "genuine" to proceed all of these words and their meaning. I understand that these things I need in my life, and they are also the essence of me, my gift to those who really know me and love me. Who truly desire to be a part me, not just tolerate me or see an opportunity for achievement at my expense (your vision is impaired my friend). I have come this far on a road paved of my blood, sweat and tears and the admission of my faults that made it so. Many lessons I learned were harsh but I managed (without you) to proceed in the right direction and it was I who suffered and bowed my head with shame and it was I who rose, anew, forgiving and forgiven, humbled and eager to forge ahead. And the few that were with me all the while, will forever be a part of me, we are one and I acknowledge I would not be where I am, who I am this day, without you. And I will always love you. It is my ambition and honor to give to you the same beautiful, selfless gift. I walk with God, in good company of those that chose to walk with me in this amazing life's journey. And that, is all I need to know as to what defines me, as a person, a blessed, cherished soul, grateful for every single moment.