Sake of the Self

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Sake of the Self

Yes, the Self is all that is,
but in this dream of consciousness,
some reflections
still stand out from the rest–
and shake the mirror
when they appear,
leave a mark in your chest.

So yes, I love you,
but you don’t need to
be concerned unnecessarily.
I’m well aware
this love affair
is just between my Self and me.

And that it’s not for the sake
of a lover that a lover is dear. 
And it’s not for the sake
of a friend, that a friend is dear.
It’s for the sake of the Self.

I would have shared this with you
long ago
but you left too soon.
And all my gestures
seemed to aggravate
some ancient wound.

So forgive my imperfections,
attachment, and projections.
Love is all I wanted to impart.
And it’s ok
if you walk away.
See if you can leave my heart.

It’s not for the sake of a lover
that a lover is dear. 
And it’s not for the sake
of a friend, that a friend is dear.
It’s for the sake of the Self.