My heart it is an open book.
Come in, sit down, please, take a look.
Many chambers has it there,
Colonized by those for whom I care.
Mother, father, sisters, brothers,
That’s where it had its start.
As I grew, quite gradually,
More filled this growing heart.
Like honeycombs the chambers teem,
Husband, children, all who mean
The world to me, this growing love,
Sourced from up above.
For all I’ve loved and lost through life,
In role as mother, daughter, wife
And friend, of course, let’s not forget,
All tenderness for those when met
Gathered in one place you’ll find
Those dear to me, I keep in mind.
And sweetness all I do amass,
Then contemplate in looking glass.
When heart is full, this golden rule,
Important one, you’ll see.
In giving all to others,
Is chamber left for me?
I stop then. Search and look beyond
Those inside. For though I’m fond
Of each and every one therein,
Not loving self is greatest sin.
A mirror’d image in their eyes,
I see their love for me, their sighs,
That all my love’s capacity
Should count as love for me.
Scan and focus inwards so
Some loving self may start to grow.
For those that love you do not lie,
Reflected in each winsome eye.
I turn again from thoughts like those,
Recollect that love it grows
In hive of heart where honey lives
And sweetness tastes so good to give.
This I know, my little chamber,
Built for only me, remember
Is when I keep good company
In loving all and loving me.
There’s nothing special about my heart,
No more than others here.
It fills and swells, develops
With the passing of each year.
And though some others may decry
When love you offer. By and by
You’ll learn that nothing bad will grow
From any love that you may show.
So look above, unending source,
Absorb, believe and then, of course,
Fill each little chamber full,
But don’t forget the golden rule.
Love is not a passing phase,
It fills your heart and all your days.
Its measure is a boundless gift
And spirit so will lift.
Resist it not when comes its call
For greatest gift to one and all
Is love when offered, received and given.
This, sweet gift from heaven.