Tropical flowers are red,
The sky is blue,
The sun is hot,
And so are you.
Water taxis are white,
Yachts are rare,
The water is shiny
And so is your hair.
Chickens lay eggs,
Force is strong,
And so are your legs.
Up to the skies,
The sand is sparkly,
And so are your eyes.
Iguanas in hedges,
Mean no harm,
Arrival is safe,
And so are your arms.
Locals are pretty,
Guests have style,
My party is winning,
And so is your smile.
Two rivers meet the sea
In southern Jalisco
The Bay is beautiful,
Just like you.
~ Just L (November 29, 2018)
Author’s Note: Yelapa, Mexico. Yelapa means where two rivers meet the sea.
And she replied,
I can, and have. I am at a very free stage in my life. I have been deeply in love and I have had my heart broken. I have spent the last year guarded, practicing my yoga, and in reflection. I have done my fair share of playing, but when pursued, a small voice keeps pushing back, and telling me to wait for that spark.
You said that our first four days felt like fourteen years – that you felt like you had known me forever. I share that feeling.
I sense that I have something, perhaps many things to learn from you. And in turn, about me.
I am, of course, still getting to know you. I believe in the law of attraction. Something deeply draws me to you. I like that you are traveled, articulate, care about your health, and are spiritual. We share a passion for music of all kinds. You are talented and passionate about what you do. Family is a priority. You have an adventurous spirit like me, and yet you are peaceful and can be comfortably present and quiet. I like that very much.
My hand fits in yours perfectly, and in your arms feels like home in the sense that I don’t have to think much at all.
~ Just L (from a simpler time, published November 25, 2018)
I love my Handsome
He is generous and kind
He has two inked arms
An amusing attitude
When he laughs I feel happy
~ Just L (November 25, 2018)
Author’s Note: The Tanka poem is very similar to haiku but Tanka poems have more syllables and it uses simile, metaphor and personification. There are five lines and thirty-one-syllables in a Tanka poem. Tanka poems are written about nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions. This form of poetry dates back almost 1200 years ago.
Are you a romantic? Watch for clues that s/he sees life through this lens, too. Sunsets, landscapes, a room with a view. Do you see the glass as half full? Your positive vibes will be wasted. Don’t choose an ungrateful. If an adventurous partner is what you desire… Find one on a journey. Not someone in front of a TV. Do you collect memories and not things? Need spontaneity? Skip the one who is always working. Believe everything is better with a soundtrack? Check out their playlist. The classic compatibility test. Do you want an individual who is generous and kind? Are they courteous toward others? If not, never mind. Be truthful if you want possessions. Find someone that can give. If not, you’ll only become passive-aggressive. Do you love to go out? This idea doesn’t excite your date? Move on, don’t pout. Do you have a deal breaker? Lay it on the line. If not, you’ll resent it in time. Long for a person who is a little freaky? Let your freak flag fly. Don’t wait to reveal your secret in week 33. Is passion important to you? This is not something you nurture. Don’t expect it to materialize in the future. Do you value authenticity? This can be someone with integrity or a liar. Be careful what you choose to see. If you wish to be genuinely adored. Witness their love in action. If the evidence isn’t clear, it likely isn’t there.
~ Just L (November 19, 2018)
They met on a beach
Not at home but not on vacation
Talked about life, relationships, and music
Found they had much in common
Nothing at stake they were vulnerable and open
Isn’t that the way it is in the beginning?
Over the months they made plans to reunite
And did on several occasions
Super Bowl, on holiday, birthday tattoo
Made a point to connect in every season
In between, plain texts gave way to kissing emojis
Interspersed with sweetie, babe, or hun
Each time they kissed goodbye
Just a little longer lingering
Acting as if it would never work
Their smiles betrayed their reasoning
~ Just L (November 17, 2018)
If you knew how he felt about you
Your posts of him may not be so sweet
He does not sparkle with pride
Surely your love is not so complete
If I knew about you
I may have saved myself the trouble
Simply loving my own fabulous life
Until the truth be told burst my bubble
If you knew what he did without you
Where his energy was every last moment
You may not be so boastful
Don’t think I don’t see your torment
Once I knew about you
I drew the line, as a woman of integrity
Immediately resetting my sails
Reclaiming my authenticity
If you knew how he spoke about you
Harsh words, a reflection of his heart
If you had any self-worth at all
You’d, too, set yourself apart
If only I knew you
I’d give you the wisdom of my age
No promise or bond is worth it
You’ll become bitter and full of rage
Mark my words.
~ Just L (November 14, 2018)
Who in their right mind wants to win a liar?
I’d rather have my pants on fire.
~ Just L (Goddess Wisdom, November 7, 2018)
Love is action
Trusting… Choosing… Falling…
Being all in.
Open to… Holding space for…
Again and again
~Just L (November 5, 2018)
Author’s Note: “Unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.” – John Green
So I am choosing me!
He challenged the trivial
Without addressing his heart
“We’re all good”
“Why do you say that?”
“I’m just this way”
Picking specific words apart
When his lies were revealed
He had nothing left to say.
~ Just L (November 4, 2018)
I am a deep river.
I found out too late he doesn’t swim.
~Just L (October 20, 2018)