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A Painful Truth About Love....

Have you even been in love?

Horrible, isn't it?

It makes you so vulnerable
It opens your chest and it opens your heart 
and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up.

You build up all these defenses. 
You build up this whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, 
then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person,
wanders into your stupid life ....
You give them a piece of you
They don't ask for it. 
They do something dumb one day like kiss you, or smile at you, 
and then your life isn't your own anymore
Love takes hostages. It gets inside you.

It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, 
so a simple phrase like maybe we should just be friends or 
how very perceptive turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart.

It hurts. Not just in the imagination; 
not just in the mind, 
it's a soul-hurt, 
a body-hurt, 
a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain.