And yet, as soon as it gets a little hard, pretenders—would-be partners—collapse and give up.
This is when I can’t help but wonder: which stars were they talking about, which ones did they mean?
The ones printed on wrapping paper?
The ones adorning the Christmas tree?
The ones drawn by a first grader?
My stars are the ones with light still reaching many years after they’ve died, precious light emerging from the past in the night sky.
Why should anyone obtain the key to my heart—hidden in a coffer in the highest tower—protected by numerous devoted guards, when they won’t even try to scale the walls of the castle?
Do not waste your time or mine with words empty of meaning, like flowers which bloom oh so brightly but briefly, only to wither and die at the first signs of frost.
It is not enough to want—you must need, commit and believe—to love
If you are not prepared to give as much as I would, I am afraid there is no place in my life for you.
*This simplistic little thing was partly inspired by an exchange of thoughts with the lovely and incredibly talented Mia although we were talking about actual—rather than burgeoning—relationships. I hope you don’t mind being associated with this, Mia. In any case, this is valid for friendships as well as relationships, and it’s dedicated to the precious people in my life who have scaled the walls of the castle effortlessly—seemingly without trying—because they truly believed*
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