who gets me versus who got me

For Thom

the men who understand me
are the peace marchers
the world walkers
the men who show up at my door
travel-stained
wearing recycled-tire sandals from Africa
& who preach the gospel
of pure veganism;
the men that
get their hands dirty
cleaning up the messes we’ve made
of our world,
our lives,
& who speak poetry
from memory

the men who do not stay still
for long,
are too impatient
to stay in one small space;
these are the men
who understand me
without question

so many times
I have thrown this heart
after a man running toward
a movement,
a cause,
a destiny that is too big
to understand small fears.

then,
I waited for the man
who could love me
regardless of politics
& where I stand
on ….. anything,
the man
who loves my mind
in all its wild wanderings;
perhaps not understanding,
but loving me
because of

(or maybe
in spite
of) it,

the man
who will kiss me silent
or listen, whichever
is necessary

at the moment.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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9 Responses to who gets me versus who got me

  1. ~R.L.King says:

    love this, love this, love this

  2. Few can be as unselfish~beautiful Susan

  3. beautiful, just beautiful – and this one struck home –
    “you canโ€™t throw your heart
    after a man running toward a movement”

    • Thanks, Noel ๐Ÿ™‚ ย This was actually inspired by a good friend, who is always wondering why so many men don’t “get” her, which led to musing, and then this piece–and if part of if struck home, that explains why I feel I understand you so well already ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. ๐Ÿ™‚ and that risk is so worth taking…being an idealist and activist in my own small way, I have to agree..perhaps a more honest stanza would have been:

    so many times
    I have thrown this heart
    after a man running toward
    a movement,
    a cause,
    a destiny that is too big

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