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The way I love you

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The way I love you

One would think we 
would come to a place 
Where we can bow out 
of life's hectic race Find 
that one spot where we 
have our own space But 
as I make my way I find 
this isn't the case

We are taught to always 
do our best To look at 
life as if it was some 
kind of test But some of 
us are just thrown into 
the mix We start off with 
challenges and 
problems to fix

But I never look at it as if 
my life has been 
hindered I handle it all 
by keeping a few things 
remembered That 
nothing special in life 
has been promised to 
me And by accepting 
that whatever will be, 
will be

Though my hurdles in 
life seem to be an 
endless list I seem to be 
blessed, with some 
special gifts One being 
the inner strength that i 
have in my soul To 
never be one to let life 
take its toll

I will take on most 
anything and with that 
being said I am not one 
to have anything 
looming over my head

By protecting myself I 
was protecting my 
mother She needed 
protecting after losing 
my sister and brother 
But this was something 
not natural to me I'm 
more of one to kick 
down the door if there 
isn't a key

Now that she's gone 
that job is now done She 
was able to pass on 
having one healthy son I 
am one of many, though 
not all may agree But 
most will say "eventually 
it will happen to me"

Now comes my time to 
set my soul free And to 
take on this monster 
they call HIV I won't say 
there's no fear, of course 
I have some But I don't 
want anybody thinking 
what has he done

To let this define me and 
to some it might. I don't 
really care who thinks 
that I'm wrong or I'm 
right. With support or 
alone on the darkest of 
night It was time to stop 
running and to stand up 
and fight

The endless testing and 
fear of receiving a 
positive test In some 
ways it feels good to 
have that part put to rest 
I've always battled for 
others with an iron fist 
But now my fight goes 
to the front of the list

So to all, some still here 
and some in the here 
after I want the air filled 
with smiles and with 
laughter My plead is no 
pity or tears to be shed I 
want only positive 
thoughts in everyone's 
head

To all that I love this is 
what I ask you to do 
Simply love me the way I 
love you

By JD Berryhill 
1/17/2013

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