True Love

Do you know what true love is?

Can you understand wanting to give
                               so much of yourself
                                            that holding back feels like impotence?

Can you comprehend canceling
                                 all concepts of guilt and innocence
                                                    in favor of a single act of self-indulgence
                                                                                 that would last you a lifetime?

Can you grasp the reason for emptying
                       all of yourself
                            into a furtive attempt at avoiding emptiness?

Can you appreciate ideas and acts
                             of self-sacrifice and forgiveness?

Do you really know what true love is?

September 1996