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Faith in a man

I came looking for love, she came looking

For faith, faith in a man that is. She'd been

Let down too many times to take love at

Face value and so her demands were high

And her heart in no mood to be stripped of

Dignity ever again.

Such a girl can be hard work, hard going

For the best of men. Nothing is ever as it

Seems and there is always an ulterior

Motive waiting to pounce, ever ready to

Exercise her trust in men, ever ready to

Confuse a kindly heart with its lessor

Brethren neglect.

A one-way love, always in the spotlight,

Always subject to scrutiny. Always under

The searching microscope of perfection,

That instrument of misunderstanding, that

Litmus paper of discontent. Unhappy

Whatever the weather, clouds overhead,

Storms of the heart ever present, ever

Likely to blow up at any moment.

But that said, I love her with all my heart,

And I will do whatever it takes to win her

Trust, and one day hopefully, her love.

Keeping her safe from herself is all that

Matters now. Making her believe again

Will take time, love and lots of patience.

Protection is what she most needs now,

Protection from her own misgivings, her

Over-critical eye and her over-critical


The good news is we're getting married

Next week, she calls me 'The healer' these

Days and I bask in the title knowing full well

That much of the credit lies elsewhere. Truth

Is she fell in love. Oh, she put up a good fight

But in the end resistance was futile. She had

No way of stopping her lips from trembling,

Her heart from pounding, and her body crying

Out to be loved. In the battle for her heart

Warmth took her by surprise, honesty gave

Her cause to think, and sincerity bowled her


© Joseph G Dawson
04/01/2019 and earlier

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