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Lest your love lie
Simply say what's in your heart,
With neither eloquence nor art,
Unafraid to be exposed.
Some fear their love might be accepted,
Inspiring an expectation;
Others fear humiliation,
Too restrained to be rejected.
Either way, you're sure to lose
By hiding what you know is true.
The love you feel is merely you
Rendered up to whom you choose.
So say it, let your love be known,
And be more fully who you are!
The fear of pain ought never bar
The joy that else might be your own.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon