June 29, 2011

Dear Art,

It has taken me days to write this letter to you. Please read it with care and the understanding that much thought went into it.

I miss the way we were. I wish with all my heart that there was some way that we could go back to the days where your eyes beheld me as the most beautiful woman you had ever seen, when your heart felt lighter in my presence, when the thought of me kept you warm on a cold night. I still feel this way about you.

I know that I am the one to blame for letting that light in your eyes die. I know that I messed up, that the things that I did were wrong, and I wish that there were something that I could do to go back in time and change them. I know what it’s like to be hurt the way that I have hurt you. It hurt me to see the pain that I caused and not be able to do anything to make it better.

Now here we are, together again, but it doesn’t feel the same. I know you still care for me, and even love me, but I wonder if you are ever going to forgive me for the past. How do we get past the hurt? What can I do for you to forgive me, to let me into your heart again, to earn back your trust and once again feel the fullness of your love?

I look back on all that I took for granted, and I only wish that I had appreciated it, and I know that if I had that back, I would work to keep it. I wouldn’t push it away like I did then. I would bask in every moment of the radiance of your love. I want a chance to love you the right way, but I need you to let me in. The distance between us tears at my heart. It is there even when I am in your arms. Yes, I have suffered for my sins, the greatest suffering I have ever known: feeling as if I have lost you and your love. I am asking that you forgive me.

I remember a time when we kissed and touched each other for the shear pleasure of it. How we loved to be next to each other- HAD to be next to each other. We couldn’t wait until you were in the door before we were holding on to one anther. The way that we would lay together, being both a pillow and a blanket for the other. We where all that we needed to feel safe and warm and happy. You are still all that I need.

Back then we couldn’t keep our hands off each other. On our way to here or there, me beside you, my head on your shoulders and my hands exploring your body. You loved it when I would whisper in your ear as we were going down the road. You singing, me smiling at your lightheartedness. God I miss you, and those times we had together. The times we would stop off too look at flowers along the road, or to stare at the stars in the middle of the night. Or, even to have some off-beat sexual adventure on the side of the highway. It was as if, once together, we couldn’t resist one another.

We’ve decided to stay together, I’m glad of that, but what I really want is the chance to do it right, to make it stronger and better than it ever was. I want the chance to prove that I’ve changed, that I can be trustworthy, honest, open, giving, and understanding. I know I have a lot to do before I earn back that trust, but I’d like the chance to try. Love is what makes the difficult easy, and the impossible possible. I know that I am asking for the impossible- to be forgiven.

I long for the days when my touch affected you; made your heart race and your breathing quicken. When everything within you longed to pull me close. There was a fire in your eyes then, a hunger that I miss. Roses and candlelight may be fine for some, but romance is not what I desire, it is passion that I yearn for, passion that I feel I must have in my life, in your eyes. Time, hurt, and betrayal have erased that passion, but my desire for it is strong. I would do anything to feel desire burning through you as you take me in your arms.

I look at you now with new eyes. I have a new appreciation for the wonderful things about you that once I took for granted, and the beauty of a face that reflects both the man I love and my most loyal and dearest friend. No longer can I take you for granted, you are too important to me, too precious on every level; my best friend, the man I love; the one whose heart I once held in my hands. If only I had treated it right then, I know that I would hold it still.

The words of a song keep floating through my head, “If ever you’re in my arms again, this time I’ll love you much better. If ever you’re in my arms again, this time I’ll hold you forever. This time will never end.” Even though you are in my arms, I know that you don’t trust me with your heart. If ever I have the chance again, I would indeed do it so much better. But I just don’t know if that chance will ever come. Will there ever be anything more than a reluctant reconciliation? I long for so much more. I need so much more. Maybe I have no right to need it, but I do.

With regrets of the past, and hopes for the future, I love you,



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