Why Do You Love Me?

Free Souls Embrace Creative CommonsWhy do you love me?” he heard her whisper in the night. He closed his eyes, a tear forming sure to stain his pillow.

I love you because I do. I love you because the Universe showed me the way to you. I love you because my heart beats your name, my mind drowns in your eyes, my soul feels yours even when we are miles apart.

I love you because I have no choice. I didn’t ask to love you. I didn’t need to love you, but I love you just the same. My arms aren’t filled unless you’re in them, and my thirst is not quenched unless you are the drink.

I love you because I feel comfort in being out of my comfort zone with you by my side. I love you because every cell of my body responds to your touch, to your look, to the way you move and the way you sound. I love you because something, somewhere, directed me to you. It was my soul, and you are its mate.

Through the paths we have taken to one another I have loved you. I’ve played in comfortable places among comfortable people until I had no choice but to leave there to come to you here. I battled the gods themselves and faced the raging storms of hell until, one day, the clouds parted and your eyes met mine. I waited, impatiently, for you until that shock from my heart announced your arrival.

I know you are scared, my sweet Angel. I know you feel the pangs of fear and the dread of a journey of which no arrival is guaranteed. But I promise you this.  When the demons come I will stand strong with you at my back and you will be protected. When the brimstone comes raining from the sky I will shield you until each storm passes. When the swine and malcontent arrive, I will fight them, and when the battles are over and the storm clouds are gone I will hold your face, look into your eyes, and you will know why I love you.

84 thoughts on “Why Do You Love Me?”

  1. Have never found a better way to explain the relationship between me and my husband…. this is absolutely perfect… wish I had a way with words like this…!!! Amazing..!!

  2. So beautiful…yet there is a sense of urgency to relay the message to the intended loved one….its likean intimate tension between the 2 lovers and it is passion. Its wonderful. I am so grateful for having had the enjoyment of reading your work!! Thank you thank you! 🙂

  3. And now I understand why nothing has ever worked out. If it doesn’t feel like this, it’s not meant to be. That’s passion, love, fate.

  4. Wow, the fact that I found this text today is really mind blowing… as is the writing and how spot on your words are. Thank you so much for this, I will steal it (if I may) to share it with someone who after a lot of “battling with the gods, and facing of raging storms” still is afraid to understand that I love him…..exactly this way.
    Thanks sincerely

  5. Thank you. After finishing a relationship where I was told, ‘No, I don’t love you every day….I don’t love you the way you want to be loved, which is daily. When I’m stressed I don’t love you, I don’t know why I’m with you, all I know is when I am not I feel empty, and I don’t really know what that is….’
    And I made the decision to stop being loved part time…and knew that I desired to be told, ‘I know why I’m with you, I love you. And no matter what happens, or how difficult the path becomes, I will love you through to the sun beamed moments.’
    You have sparked a knowing that I will find that….and that I deserve to be loved, unabashedly and completely. So for scattering faith in love, thank you 🙂

    1. Yes Lisa – when you peel your own onion- find out who you are- stand in that power of knowing you are lovable and deserve to be loved – you will attract that energy.
      I left a similar marriage of 37 years, did copius amounts of self work (continue it) for 5 years…started dating ( no authentic men) decided to let go and trust…few months later a friend introduced me to her friend – – – I am grateful he is so patient with me – we have the kindest, loving friendship. He just sent me this poem. It feels amazing to be so happy with a loving man at 60 and a grandmother. We get to spend one day at a time together

      1. Thank you so much for sharing your story. After 30 years of marriage the demons won the battle although not the war, and working through the last 4 years on myself, a painful journey but worth every step, I’m just starting to feel the possibility of a new love. I’m not looking but at 63 have love to give. You give me hope without expectations. God, the Universe light my path.

  6. This perfectly describes the love between my husband and I. I shared it with him – and he completely agrees. We loved each other before we even knew the other person existed. We were bound together by the stars and not-so-simply had to find our way to each other to finally learn the true meaning of the word “home.”

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece.

  7. I do not know why this piece touches my heart in the way it does.. It is having a profound effect on me this morning, thank you.

  8. I have no idea how i ended up in this blog.. but i am glad i did !!! This is just absolutely beautiful !!! Oh Tom !! You made my day !!!
    PS : Happy New Year 🙂

  9. This made me cry. I cried because I miss my husband so much. I went home to spend my holidays with my family, leaving my husband alone because he still has to work this holiday season. I am 13 hour-commute away from him and I miss him so much.

  10. This was soul deep. So unbelievably beautiful. In a world filled with text messages and infidelity and commitment- phobes, this was so stunningly refreshing.

  11. You are a rare man who is not only in touch with his emotions but can articulate them with breathtaking clarity. Thank you for writing this piece and sharing. It is truly beautiful.

  12. I just found my soul mate…after being with different people and not feeling complete, funny part is we already know each other, we met when we were 13 years old. We met back home in South America, but shortly after I came back to America and we lost track of each other. Life separate us for 27 years, and thank God for Facebook I was able to find do him . This poem is exactly what my heart feals of why I love him..

  13. I was so jaded, I didn’t believe in love. Little did I know that it was my soul keeping me protected until the universe decided it was time to lead me to the one who would patiently and determinedly climb the walls I had built. The moment he looked into my eyes my heart and soul leapt from my body and mingled with his. There is no comfort nor peace without him. My heart and soul exist for him alone.

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful words. Everything I feel but am unable to put to words.

  14. Poetic
    Maybe once in a life one in a million women may get this much information from the spouse – maybe- doubtful. I dream of such an emotional soulful answer. I get zero so I stop asking – then I just stopped caring. A very empty life-marriage-existence.

    1. “Circles they grow and they swallow people whole
      Half their lives they say goodnight to wives they’ll never know
      Got a mind full of questions and a teacher in my soul
      And so it goes” ~Guaranteed, Eddie Vedder.

      My anthem. 🙂

    2. Dearest Lee,
      your comment sparked me to action. Please, if only for the sake of all the love that’s in this world … leave … leave and don’t look back … leave so as to not perpetuate an existence without love. To look into a clear blue sky that reaches out beyond your imagining is a much love as looking into the eyes of the beloved. To smell fresh earth or taste a buttered muffin still warm from it’s baking. All of it is love and when filled with such one can’t help but beckon love to reflect from the eyes of another. So leave … pack a bag and close the door on existing with is a poor cousin to that which is possible.
      with love,

  15. This completely sums-up my relationship with my wife. She is fighting with stage 4 cancer. Passages like this that I share encourage her to keep up the fight and remind her that I will always be there for her.

    1. Proof that it isn’t the words necessarily…it’s the feelings they inspire. I wish you, your wife, and your family nothing but love, peace, and comfort.

      1. I find solace by holding her hand while she is sleeping, a surprise kiss on the neck or covering her with her softy warm blanket. Taking her mind away from the demons of cancer fills me with joy when I can make her smile and laugh.

    2. please get her on Golden Paste, made with Tumeric

      you will find much info if you Google ‘turmeric for cancer’

      also on my F’book page

      I will be happy to affirm a friend request from you :~)

  16. I’m sorry but if my husband came out with all that, I would think he was off his rocker!

  17. This is truly a love connection and expresses and shows how much they love one another and expresses that there’s no limit to what will be done in the name of love. Love does conquer all when it is unconditional and true.

    1. Unconditional love is a gift that we should grab and hold whenever it passes by. In good times and bad times we need to remember the important aspects of the gift of life and not waste it.

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  19. You wrote beautiful and thoughtful words and you have touched a lot of folks by putting that together. I think you may have over-played it though by thinking long and hard about the words you used. Some of them seem just a little too complex for them to be a real natural spontaneous response to that question. Please don’t feel that I’m being critical by telling you this. The reason I believe that is I’ve been living in that exact experience that you’ve artfully captured in your writing for the last 25 years. Much of what you said here holds ominously true for me. I am sharing this because I have recently been reunited with that very one person that fills that place for me and that you honor with your words. I was actually asked that very question five days ago and without any hesitation I expressed my feelings in a very similar manner as you have in your writing. Surprisingly It came to me without ever having even contemplated the thought before. It was effortless for me to do that because it was just there inside me.. It was in that place that makes difficult things seem simple. It always has been there and always will be. Thank you for allowing me to share that with you.

    1. Thank you Mike. One thing, however…

      I never think long and hard about the words I use. I don’t even think about them. They come through me, and as they are offered they are written.

      Perhaps, in your reply to the question posed to you, we both tapped into the same source?

  20. Thank you for putting into words the depth that one can feel both being loved and loving in return.

  21. I share this with you, Anthea Dawn…, as I followed and still follow my internal compass…

  22. Thanks for this beautiful thoughts. I translated it to spanish and published it in my Facebook. Today was pubclished in elephant journal.

  23. You have helped me put into words what I have felt since I met my wife. It words the struggle to find the one who completes your soul so perfectly. Thank you for writing this.

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