There are three words in this world,
Three words that eclipse all other emotions of our race,
Three words that epitomise our purpose for existing,
Three, beautiful, terrifying, simple words.
They are words that everyone in life longs to hear,
Words that spring so readily from our lips,
That we begin to lose the true meaning of them
And we start to doubt their sincerity.
They are words that can make a heart,
Make it soar and fill and beat what feels a hundred times a second.
They can also break a heart,
Break it into tiny jagged pieces that are impossible to fix quite as well as it was before.
Those three words are the hardest to trust,
They are said with the sincerity of a holy man,
Yet received with doubts to rival St. Thomas himself,
Because even the faintest chance of their falseness is too much to risk.
These three words have confused me from birth,
I will accept them from some with happiness,
Yet from others I throw them back in their face,
Because of the hurt they have, and undoubtedly will, do me.
These three words are supposed to forgive everything,
So why is it that when I hear them sometimes all I can think is
That they can't make up for all the nights of crying silently,
Desperately seeking sleep to end the day, in the vain hope that tomorrow will be better.
These three words are each a single syllable,
Yet their weight is great and should not be used lightly,
I used to pretend they didn't exist, that they were a comforting lie,
Yet around you, I found myself fighting to keep them spilling out of my mouth.
I am terrified of you, terrified of the power you have over me,
And in the weaker moments, terrified you're false,
Just waiting for the right moment to brush me off without a second thought,
Like a piece of unremarkable dust on your clothes.
But then I look in your eyes and I know for sure you are worth the risk,
Worth the risk of a heart permanently chipped,
So I will tell you these three words for as long as you want to hear them,
Because you are special to me, the one who deserves most to hear the truth.