Self-love or otherwise.

Self-love or otherwise.

Your first attempt at love
teaches you true love.
The ‘I’ve got to make this work’ kind,
the innocent, ‘vanilla is the best’ kind,
the unconditional, ‘always? always.’ kind.
For me, the girl was a reincarnation
of everything I had ever loved.
There were no terms and conditions,
no warnings,
and we didn’t take steps one day at a time.
Our bed was a cosmic sky of fairly dust
and we didn’t need hope.
There were a few fights
here on text messages
there on WhatsApp statuses,
but all was good forever
till one day it wasn’t.

The second time I fell in love,
it was bold,
it required a tiger’s heart,
and it came out of a tailor’s guide
for a shredded heart.
There were conditions:
‘if I love me
and he loves me,
then this works’ I would say
looking at the man in the mirror
whose only standout feature was his
cosmic eyes
of which the universe was a reflection.
It was harder because there were memories
of both loss and pain
but the mirror man was kind.
He stayed by me.
No. I stayed by myself.
I made this work
and this time, love felt like String theory
or an exercise in poetic liberty.
The second time you fall in love,
you learn what real love is like,
self-love or otherwise.

Maybe if we didn’t decorate love
as a fantasy land where all is good
and happy,
it would stop giving us reality checks.
But also maybe if we let it stay magical,
it wouldn’t become human.
I’m not going to protect
the sanctity of love
by saying that it cannot be toxic.
Love’s our protagonist,
it has flaws too
and for that, it should pay a price.
But just because ten men are bad,
we can’t call off humanity.

I don’t know if love gets better with time
But I can promise you
that love will always be an ‘always’.

Into stories? – Something about Naomi
Instagram – @myspirals


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Utsav Raj

Poets, madness and lies.

38 thoughts on “Self-love or otherwise.”

  1. “Love Does” is a book by Bob Goff that I highly recommend. It takes LOVE out of the realm of just feeling it… and puts it into action… the place where Pure Love lives. You wrote, “…maybe if we let it stay magical,it wouldn’t become human…” But, pure love IS human AND magical at the same time. Check out Bob Goff’s website “Love Does” and dream big about how LOVE DOES GET BETTER WITH TIME!


    1. I agree with JanBeek. “Love Does” changed something in me.
      “it required a tiger’s heart, and it came out of a tailor’s guide
      for a shredded heart.” So descriptive. Thanks for sharing.


      1. Thanks, Deborah. I give monthly to Goff’s Foundation “Pure Love Does” as it reaches out to help those in need of education, water, improved living standards around the world. Goff puts feet on love ❤


  2. Thanks for sharing. Very interesting!

    The post reminds me of a passage at 2 Timothy 3:2 the love of self is not normal, healthy love. It is a distorted, selfish love gI was reading a recent article that’s talks about the love of self


  3. What an beautiful text! I recently stated a blog called where I talk about issues like selflove too and you having a read would mean so much! All the best


  4. This is one of the most gorgeous pieces I have read! “Love will always be an ‘always'” Thank you so much for this gorgeous writing. No matter what we are always in love because we are love. There is no need to suppress it. Love is now, it is always amazing! Thank you again!


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