I wanted to express how much I love you
so I thought carefully about what I wanted to say
Because I didn’t want this to read like a Hallmark card
or just sound like another cliche.
I want you to know that I’ve given this some thought
and I’m speaking this from my heart,
Something I should have done sooner—
but now is a good time to start.
It’s crazy how life happens
and people get in the way
making things that should be black and white
seem all murky and gray.
The things that should be clear to me
make no sense at all.
And the things that I thought would stand firm forever
are the first to weaken and fall.
All the while you were standing there
mighty and tall–a great oak tree,
But I was so wrapped up in everyone else
I couldn’t see what was right in front of me.
I guess it’s easy to take for granted
the faithfulness of a tree and all its shade;
The one who loves me most
is the one I took for granted, I’m afraid.
I can come up with many excuses,
but none of them really matters now,
Especially when I think about how you chose
to stand by me and keep loving me anyway, anyhow.
I shake my head when I think about all
I’ve put in front of you,
How I put you last, but you still put me first
no matter what we went through.
I think about how after all these years
you still enjoy my company
And whether we’re watching football
or going to a pow wow you bring out the best in me.
You are the father of my children,
my soul mate, my best friend.
You are the beating of my heart,
that love song that never ends.
And I am one who was asleep
but now I’m wide awake,
Yearning so desperately for your touch
it makes my whole body ache.
I never knew true love until I found you
And Natividad, you would blush if you knew
the things I want to do to you!
Every morning I wake up, wrap my arms
around myself, seeing your face in my mind
And it does not surprise me you say you do the same
since we’ve always been two of a kind.
This time apart has been really hard
but I thank God for what He’s done
Because He brought everything in my life
into perspective and replaced you as my number one.
© D.L. Lunsford
Dedicated to Lorene
May you and your husband enjoy many more happy years together. 💞
While going through the hardest times of my life, I met some amazing women, each with her own story of love, heartache, and grief. I’m honored that so many of them entrusted me with their stories. Here in the section called The Voices of My Sisters I have memorialized some of them in prose and dedicated them to each of the women they represent. I hope you enjoy them and can also relate. Feel free to share your own story. –D.L. Lunsford