Before I close the chapter to the book we’ll never write

I want to say

it’s been said, you don’t fall in love with the person

you fall in love with who you are with that person

until I stood in your presence, I never understood those words

it was by your side

that I fell in love with myself

it was through your strength that I came to know my own

and my gentle sweet loving nature

a part of me long dead

after something called love that I only knew once

I don’t know how our story would have ended

it was only an introduction

but being introduced to myself

was the greatest gift of all