Did you know how love makes everything easier.
A priest told me once to see the ones I love
as precious glass, easily shattered.
To place them on a mantelpiece,
in an honored place.
Understand how easy it is for us all to break.
Yes, to see the ones we love as they are,
we might sometimes go outside.
Perceive them through a window.
A teacher taught me once the gift of observation.
How to know someone is to be quiet and witness.
Then watch and see how the heart softens.
That there is a diamond behind the glass,
a jewel in a precious case –
this is the gift we harness in standing back,
the blessing we re-establish.
And to take a snapshot of our beloveds,
to hold them in our gaze,
may do more even than an embrace
in preserving our heart’s treasures.
Ana Lisa de Jong
Living Tree Poetry