Burden of the Open Heart

Since my other poem was scathing enough that I burnt my fingers rereading it, I decided to write another one that I hope is much more tender.

Take up the burden of an open heart–

Though heavy and painful it may be.

Kindness is life-giving.

Selflessness, hope.

But at extremes these acts come at a cost.

Rest, energy, open air to breath,

These are the currencies we pay

To live with an open heart.

To love without ceasing, to serve without tiring,

To give without refilling.

Take up the burden of an open heart–

Those who burn themselves out to keep others warm,

And would gladly do so again.

Those who forget they are expendable,

And give their precious energy to every need.

Those who stand unfaltering with the hurting souls,

Weathering rain, no matter how long, no matter how heavy,

And forget the cold they’ll nurse in silence after.

Take up the burden of an open heart–

Though heavy and painful it may be,

For every other heart is worth it.

Each moment of exhaustion,

Each spell of loneliness,

Each battle fought in secret,

To prove love is not transient.

Love demands no fee.

It is not a feeling, each burden then is worth it.

For the Son of Man did not die

For only a feeling,

But for a truth.

Take up the burden of an open heart–

Thought heavy and painful it may be.

Love is life-giving,

Love is hope,

Love is truth.

Love never ends.

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