Posts Tagged ‘relationships’

the rules, part 4 (notes to myself)

June 24, 2018

if who she is…is all you want
despite her imperfections
ask no more of her than that
in return for your affections

never take dominion’s reign
hold it only with consent
give it freely when its sought
but be candid in dissent

leave her freedom with your faith
but expect the same returned
love, though patient, good, and kind
is forever being earned

keep your passions slow to burn
rush no aspect of desire
but with all deliberate speed
take what’s offered of that fire

this, above all else, remember
you’re the shelter in her storm
not a hero, just a refuge
just a place that’s safe and warm

just a place she can recover
find the strength to start anew
so she might, if its required
do the same, in turn, for you

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the rules, part 3 (rough edit)

May 10, 2018

she can get mad, and she will
she can get sad, even cry
at times, all you do will still fail
but that doesn’t mean you don’t try

it’s not the things you got wrong
it’s not your words or your deeds
it’s that she feels you don’t care
for her, who she is, or her needs

so winning the point is a waste
as foolish as playing it cool
and lying, regardless of why
will only serve anger as fuel

better you simply stay true
listen, accept, and just wait
trying to fix things too soon
is nearly as bad as too late

she’ll let you know when it’s time
remember, it’s not who was right
this is about something more
or it wouldn’t be such a fight

the fire you see in her eyes
was set with an aim more sublime
meant for a feeling she fears
has since been ignored over time

trust in the person you know
have faith in the bond that you share
and show her the person she loves
has, and will always, be there

the rules, part 2 (revised)

April 25, 2018

you can love them, you can trust them
they can be your closest friend
but unless you can respect them
what you’re building will soon end

if you need them more than want them
it’s yourself you’re thinking of
such desire can fuel passion
but it won’t inspire love

and relations based on beauty
based on money, charm, or smarts
fade in view of greater talents
richer sums and newer parts

it’s not reason, it’s not logic
it’s not passion, hope, or lust
it’s an unexplained emotion
that turns maybe into must

at its heart, it’s recognition
of a need within the soul
to enrich another’s journey
so that each might reach its goal

it’s a bond in search of nothing
save the single dream all share
to be happy, in the moment
free to dream, to seek, to dare

some desired everlasting
some by circumstances blessed
they inspire in each other
what each needs to be their best

so it isn’t who you’re thinking
who you wanted, but now doubt
and it’s not who you can live with
it’s the one you can’t without

the man rules

October 7, 2012

no one’s from venus, no one’s from mars
relationship gurus are fools
ladies, we promise that things will be fine
if you would please follow these rules

we don’t read minds, so don’t leave us hints
just tell us what we need to know
if something is wrong, but you say you’re ‘fine’
we’re going to let the thing go

we want to help, to fix what is wrong
but not to discuss or debate
so don’t bring us problems and then get upset
when we ‘solve’ when you’d rather ‘relate’

if something we said can be taken two ways
and one of them might cause a fight
we meant the other, we just said it wrong
remember, we’re not all that bright

so don’t bring up things that we said long ago
in some disagreement today
the context and subject are never the same
and we can’t recall half we say

to us, less is more and everything asked
is answered by ‘yes’ or by ‘no’
further discussion can wait till the end
of the game or our favorite show

and three of the dresses you already own
go great with those shoes and that hat
but don’t ask the question, you already know
exactly what makes you look fat

be patient, we’re simple, but proud human beings
so directions to us mean defeat
give us the time and we’ll get most things right
except for the damn toilet seat

your feelings mean more than we will let on
so don’t say you’re hurt when you’re not
and crying is witchcraft and blackmail and wrong
its impact is not soon forgot

for we may not show it, but we know of love
we count on it everyday
we know how lucky we are to have you
and pray that you feel the same way