I Love You, But I Love Myself More

"Because I love you"

Doesn't mean it's okay 

For me to do as you say.

 

The phrase "because I love you"

Should only be used to express

An act of love, of gratitude; it must not be used as a screw.

A screw to bind my freedom with your eagerness to posess.   

 

Because I love you, I will respect you.

Because I love you, I will confide in you.

Because I love you, I will value you.

 

I will make you happy because I love you;

I will acompany you because I love you;

I will protect you because I love you;

And I will expect the same in return, because I love myself.

 

And if you cannot abide to these rules of health and love

You should get going--

Because loving you should not mean I have to stop loving me.

This poem is about: 
Me
My community
Our world
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