You're what I dreamed of
before I learned some dreams come with a cost.
I've watched a tender heart
mutilate everything she was
on the assumption her love could cross any barrier.
Still, I reach for you,
until I remember a promise made
over the dissolving remains of a life.
What would it be like
to bring you into my world?
I've seen you looking, enchanted,
just as I was enchanted with a place that is not my own.
Would that look stay
when I tell you everything?
Would you accept all of it,
not expecting me to cut away the core of myself?
I've seen the way you smile,
and for a moment let myself dream
of nights spent hiding nothing,
loving hard enough to dissolve barriers instead of hearts.
But some dreams come with a cost
and I don't know if I can pay for this one.
Song Choice: Rewrite the Stars, from the musical The Greatest Showman
This poem is linked up to the Tuesday Platform at Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads and Poets United, Poetry Pantry #416.