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You Don't Have To . . .


You don't have to say you love
me, just say you'd love to dance.
It's not what you're thinking of
just give yourself a chance.
You don't have to say you'll stay
for all eternity,
Just take a walk, or sit and talk,
some afternoon with me.

You don't have to know if I'm
the only one for you.
You don't have to know the rhyme
to say, just "Yes" will do.
You don't have to know if we
were always meant to be.
Just meet me soon, some afternoon,
and leave your evening free.  

Don't commit yourself, not yet, there
is no price to pay.
We won't spend the years together
we'll just spend the day.
You don't have to journey far or cross
a thousand miles.
Just up the street, we'll stop to eat,
and tell each other smiles   

It may be love, maybe companionship.
If it should grow, we'll never know
'til we are in Love's grip.
A classic song, perhaps a comic tune.
If we neglect to show respect
will love forgive us soon?
Your face won't leave my lonesome mind,
your smile won't let me sleep.
Your hair's a snare, your eyes the kind
that shine from beauty deep.
Through fearful eyes your spirit cries
for love to set you free.
Let down your guard, true love dies hard,
mine springs eternally.

I've heard it said that love is dead,
it was a fragile thing.
But it's not true, my love for you
will make the mountains ring.
Though we may fear, one hope is clear,
to it we both must cling:
That love survives, it will revive,
and with it freedom bring.

Is it too hard, is love too great to bear?
You're free to choose, just don't abuse
my only earthly care.
Don't be afraid, there is no better way
To conquer fear: let down your hair,
and take one step today.
Just saying "Yes" will do.
But then,
you don't have to...
~Mark A. Rector