To My Lover

To My Lover

to my lover
i sacrifice
the gift of my love
such a precious thing
since 
what's the sense
in you
loving someone
who doesn't love you
in return?

to my lover
i offer
my unending love
so you'll give 
in return
conceding
to my every desire
and need

some will say
love
is give and take
but i contend
what better love
is there
than to always
give
so unselfishly
so generously
to the one
who so thankfully 
and graciously
accepts?

see, 
dear lover,
i am nothing
without
that
which you bestow
so
for giving me
all that i need
i offer you
all of my love
and devotion
in return

see,
dear lover,
the love
i give
allows you to know
even proclaim
with aplomb
what a kind
caring
giver
you are
so much better
than all the other lovers
who expect
and demand
so much
in return

who else,
my dear lover,
so graciously
generously
lovingly
offers you
such an opportunity
to be
so good
devoting 
all your care
and attention
to the one
you love
absolutely?

who else,
my dear lover,
who else but me
wishes
to empower you
with so much
of your 
virtue?

who else,
dear lover,
wishes to venerate you
along with the saints
knowing
as francis of assisi
said,
"for it is in giving
that we
receive."?

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