Dear Cassidy – The Rose

Dear Cass

I think of the experience we had together, and how much I have changed, and I am extremely grateful that I was part of your life, for however brief it was. Our paths are so different, yet at the same time so similar. I want to share what I have gained with you in my life using the lyrics of The Rose.

Some say love, it is a river That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor That leaves your soul to bleed.
I say love, it is a flower, And you its only seed.

Not having you around hurts, and although I have emptied all my tears to grieve your departure, I still get pangs of hurt when people talk of their children and it reminds me of you. In the past couple of days I have felt like I am drowning, and I have felt like my soul has been bled dry. But I also feel the beauty you left behind in my heart. The beauty you showed me within myself, you laid the seed for that. You laid the seed for me recognising my ability to serve, and to see the flower that evolves when I do serve. You also showed me how pouring my love into another person can change their lives for the better.

It’s the heart afraid of breaking That never learns to dance.
It’s the dream afraid of waking That never takes the chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken, Who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dying That never learns to live.

I could have considered all the risks before taking you in, In fact I knew I took the risk of getting hurt, and decided not to open our house to you because the risk was too much. But I would have not learned how deeply I can love a person who is not Leon. I would have never learned that dreaming gives us more than just hope, it gives us the strength to wake up in the morning and try again. I would have not learned how much pleasure I can get back from giving so much, to you, to the homeless, to Leon, to my team. And most importantly, I would have not learned how to give my soul the wings to fly.

When the night has been too lonely And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love In the spring becomes the rose.

My message to you is that when you feel it is too dark, and the road is too difficult, and that the world is a cruel, cold and scary place, remember that it is only because of the place you’re in right now, and that there is a place where there is love, opportunities, angels and fairies. Know that you know all the answers to get to the place, and to never ever give up. You have crept into our hearts quickly, so remember that people want to love and support you, you just need to allow them too. And don’t be so stubborn, ask! We are meant to go through life with other people. The hard times build our characters to make us even stronger and more beautiful roses in the spring. So hold very close to your heart your own dreams, don’t let anyone take them away from you, don’t let anyone make you feel less than you are, because you are truly amazing!

The Rose

Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
And you its only seed.

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance.
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken,
Who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dyin’
That never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose.

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