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Your Heart Leap – By Diale Mabitsela

With all my heart I wish
That when you see me
Your eyes would perceive something that would make
Your heart leap

With all my heart I wish
That when you hear my voice
Your ears would perceive something that would make
Your heart leap

With all my heart I wish
That when you caught my scent
Your nose would smell something that would make
Your heart leap

With all my heart I wish
That when I touched you
Or held you in friendship
Your skin would feel something that would make
Your heart leap

But No
Your lips will never know the of taste me
And so mine is to burn
Forsaken in these empty desires
As your eyes and all your other senses
Drift toward another

A dagger in my heart
A wound in my soul
Brokenness I find
In that which I thought would make
Whole

I wrote this poem at a time in which I felt rejected by someone whose heart I had hoped to capture. The crazy irony is that as much as I longed for someone to satisfy me with intimacy, Christ’s heart never ceased to leap for me to the point of driving him to the humiliation and torture of the cross. How hard is it to accept this truth and the joy it brings, born of an infinite and passionate love, when the heart aches in painful loneliness.

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