i didn’t know you were beautiful.
i ignored the world you painted and the people you created and exchanged it all
for what i heard you were.
i set you aside for shallow satisfaction in cracked cisterns and wondered
why i always found myself to be so thirsty.
all the beauty in the world won’t make a blind man see.
yet you pursued me.
you opened my eyes to see what had always been there,
what i had never noticed before.
beauty reached down to beast and saw in me what i could not see in myself.
you saw me as yours.
now your love overwhelms me.
it swells inside my heart and threatens to burst forth.
it compels me to live a life that is not my own,
for a broken world full of people that i may not ever know,
because it is a love that must be shared.
it is a love that must be known.
i didn’t know you were beautiful
if only because
i didn’t yet know you.