All The Reasons I Will Choose You

@NickBulanovv

because the first time I looked into your eyes I knew
you were genuine and flawed and imperfectly human. And you wanted nothing more
than to kiss
my soul and touch
my intellect and learn every part of me
in ways that were far deeper than my skin under your fingertips.

because our first embracing felt both foreign and familiar,
like seeing where you belong while simultaneously being blissfully
afraid
of all that lies before you–unknown, untouched.
Just as calm as dangerous. Merely as wild as welcome, like love
right out of reach
but you are able to feel its warmth guiding you in.

because when it’s late and your lips
fall on my cheek, you kiss with a longing
to speak truth to the space between my shoulder blades.
And I close my eyes to the voice of your stories
writing themselves in and through us,
until the only distance between
is our physical bodies–cages
for our beating hearts.

because every time I see you
I do not simply assure a person
but an emotion so deep and complex
I cannot make sense of the rush, of the senseless
smile stretching across my cheeks.
The moment
is not simply love, but everything bear of that feeling–
is looking at your face and seeing
hope.

because to do so is easy,
is natural, is unquestioned. Because to do so is hard
and yet,
I take current challenges willingly , no matter the day or day or season.
Because I am both fearful and fearless
and so I will stand next to you
tie our worlds together
in knots
we will loosen and stiffen and unravel
and loop together as we grow.

because I do not consider another choice
that objective as beautifully.
Not another selection I would rather make.

because I want to,
long to.
Because, simply, I believe.

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