Your Name on the Door

I’ve always been a good swimmer
Until the day we met
That night was when I wanted to drown
Drown myself in you
Take all of you in
Every single last drop
So none is wasted
I want to drown
Be immersed in you
My heart always played it safe
Until the day we met
That was my heart’s last comfortable day
I decided right then
To cast off my life jacket
Throw off my life saver
And I’m so glad I did
You continue to show me new ways to swim against the current
Because of you, the 10 foot waves no longer intimidate
Because of you, I can surf the high tide
And if no tide comes
I can stay put knowing it’ll be there tomorrow
Just as sure as it was here today
My heart has broken wide open
That’s amazing!
I was dead from the pain
My heart was used to being kicked around
It grew used to being smashed into infinitesimally, tine shards
That was then, this is now
Perhaps my old heart had to be broken, even obliterated
So I could be given a new one in its place?
And just like one does with a new pair of shoes
My heart needed you to come along to break it in
I know how to tend to my new heart
Because I trust me, I can trust you
I am not placing my heart in your hands for safe keeping
That is my job
And to hand a heart over completely to another
That’s a burden and a half for anyone to carry-
What I’ve done is let you in
You can rest in my heart’s room
The one with your name on the door
You’ll be safe there
You’ll be nurtured and fed
I ask this from you:
Never raise your voice
Never slam the door
Never stomp angrily about
Never break any windows
Never punch any walls
Follow these simple steps
And in my heart you’ll forever stay….

EVA SANTIAGO copyright 2014


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