Love - Ray Croft

 Wilderness Guides Council 2015

Wilderness Guides Council 2015

 

I love you,


Not only for what you are,


But for what I am


When I am with you.

I love you,


Not only for what


You have made of yourself,


But for what


You are making of me.

I love you


For the part of me


That you bring out.

I love you


For putting your hand


Into my heaped-up heart


And passing over


All the foolish, weak things


That you can’t help


Dimly seeing there,


And for drawing out


Into the light


All the beautiful belongings


That no one else had looked


Quite far enough to find.

I love you because you


Are helping me to make


Of the lumber of my life


Not a tavern


But a temple;


Out of the works


Of my every day


Not a reproach


But a song.

I love you


Because you have done


More than any creed


Could have done


To make me good


And more than any fate


Could have done


To make me happy.


You have done it


Without a touch,


Without a word,


Without a sign.


You have done it


By being yourself.


Perhaps that is what


Being a friend means,


After all.