I do not understand how there is no fear in love
Mine must not be perfect, because for me
Love has always held an element of fear
A fear of losing, a fear of a light snuffed out
Fading quickly into the cruel, cold darkness
Of unleashed desire. That, for you, I fear.
When I see that light in your eyes, little girl
That quick smile glowing, laughter rippling free
I love and I fear- so fiercely. For you.
That light of girlhood- of pigtails and pink
Of hugs and Jesus songs sung in the breath snatching wind
That light must never be the red light of the street
But I am not God, therefore I fear for you
Because my love is not perfect in trust and in the power
Of the greater Love that overshadows us
And I bare my teeth at the angry world around us
That wants to smother light into darkness
And let only fear, and not love be the guiding star.
Show me, Lord, how perfect love casts out fear,
Because I do not understand.