Four is that they never tell you that
love isn’t always nice
and it isn’t always respectful.
they never tell you that love
doesn’t ask for more
than you want to give.
Five is they tell you that when someone makes
a big grand gesture of love -
drives three hundred miles to see you,
that you should love him back.
they only tell you what he deserves is more
than what you’re giving.
that what he did for you deserves
more than just holding his hand
and wishing him well.
Six is that sometimes love makes you feel trapped
and saying yes is the only way to keep love.
and they make you feel that no means you lose it all.
no means you could never be loved again.
Seven is that I am telling you now,
when love asks to see more,
when love asks to do more
than you ever asked for,
it is okay to say no,
it is okay to express that you’re uncomfortable -
that saying no doesn’t make you a prude -
and it doesn’t make you less of a person.
Eight is that they are all wrong.
You don’t owe anyone anything
and you don’t have to love
someone who says they love you.
and you don’t always have to believe love.
Nine is that you will be loved again (via amandaspoetry)