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The art of understanding

You so desperately 
Want to be understood
So I wonder
Why do you
Hold back
So much of yourself

I see him digging
Chipping at your edges
Wondering what's behind the facade
He waits between your breaths
Ponders your pauses
Looks for answers
Pardons your harshness

He sees beyond the obvious
Is aware of your audible sadness
The place no one touches
Imperceptibly he reaches 
Pushes past your protective
To the deeper you
The precious part
The unknown softness
The magnificence of you
The inner art
The revelation 
of an unsequestered heart

For in letting go
You can be freed
Reach out for his hand
Let him take the lead
For he deserves 
all of you
You deserve 
all of him too
I see
I understand
I know
It's hard to let go
He's patient and will move slow
If you both want it
Love will grow
And you will be


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  1. Date: 10/19/2014 11:22:00 PM

    I can understand this intelligent work quiet well. Though your talking about relationships I can relate to this as my commitment. It is a thought for pause! You are an outright damn good poet!
  1. Date: 10/19/2014 9:21:00 PM

    Brilliant piece, Richard. The art of letting go, and opening to yet another entity is indeed an experience we must submit to, in order to grow. Great honesty, and imagery. Enjoyable overall. Check out some of my newer poems. Might find some you like. Peace.
  1. Date: 10/19/2014 1:46:00 PM

    Dear Richard, It seems like you can see inside my soul and find the reluctance to "let go" in a relationship again. Wish I could meet someone of your caliber. You would be a tough act to follow -- cute, sensitive and wise. Wow! Love this poem and it goes to my favorites. Carolyn
  1. Date: 10/19/2014 1:30:00 PM

    A lovely write, Richard...Full of meaning. Every line is carefully crafted...
  1. Date: 10/19/2014 12:55:00 PM

    It's funny but this describes most people. We want so much to be understood yet we ourselves put up the brick walls. Beautifully written Richard. Thanks for the great advise on my poem. I gladly used it.
  1. Date: 10/19/2014 7:29:00 AM

    Wow, I feel like you are speaking to me in this one, You write with the understanding of the heart, a soft gentleness of knowing and offering realization. Hugsxx.