And I Will Love You


I will love you as best I know how. Always when the sunlight blinds us in the morning with rays so bright we have to wear all our imperfections. Our heavy lids slowly waking, trying to escape beneath the blanket for a few more minutes. I will love you in-between the snooze buttons, the sharp shrill of the alarm reminding us of where we are.

I will love you underneath. When we hide from daylight grabbing the first quiet moments of morning. The birds aren’t chirping yet, surely we can have five more minutes to hide. Five more minutes to breathe in each other. Five to prepare us for the day.

I will love you when it’s hot out. When it’s too sticky and humid and our clothes cling to our bodies. It’s impossible to feel clean as the air compresses all around us. But I will hold your hand as we walk through toward the train. I will love you as we keep our eyes open.

I will love you when the leaves start to fall. When nature rewards us for making it through the blistering heat. We will meet after work watching the sun set earlier. We will welcome the chilled breeze as you give me your jacket to walk home. I will love you here, walking safely and warmly, by your side.

I will love you when everything seems like an effort. When the cold comes in and the wind burns our faces. The sky gets dreary and the warmth seems like a pipe dream from long ago. I will love you wrapped up in the couch, watching reruns of shows we don’t care about. We will smell the trees and kiss champagne for the New Year. That’s where I will love you, in the starting of something new in the middle of winter.

I will love you when the sun thaws and petals fall into our hair. When our eyes start to itch and the world starts over. We will shed our jackets remembering the feeling of welcomed rays on our arms. I will love you in the new walking home through the flowers.

I will love you in the smallest of moments, when we fall effortlessly to sleep. I will love you because of your creations, you have meaning far greater than I ever thought possible. I will love you when you show me your vulnerabilities. When we both fight and realize we are just humans.

I will love you when it seems like there is nothing left. When life throws us curve balls and the sunrise feels impossibly gone. On the nights when we huddle for warmth and laugh between the pillows.

I will love you in days we feel lost. When the world seems against us and all we have are hands. I will love you in the rain, with our feet standing in puddles and smiles on our teeth. I will love you in shaky inhales, each more confident than the last. I will love you with callused palms, strong and honest, with the lightness of touch.

I will love every part of you, as best I know how.