“If I open my heart to you,”

said the flower to the bumblebee,

“will it hurt?

If I let you into the deepest part of me

even though you are a stranger,

and I treat you like a friend,

will you still leave me in the end?

And if I let myself love you,

really care about your life and well-being

in my heart of hearts,

and imagine a future together,

will all my hopes be dashed

as you flitter away,

riding some invisible summer breeze,

and leaving me alone again?

Is love always such a risk?”

“Always,” said the bumblebee.

“That is why it takes a fearless heart

to risk love.”

“Is it worth it?” asked the flower.


The bumblebee waited

contemplating the question for the longest time,

until a tiny smile arose across her face.

“Always,” she answered.


About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through Amazon.com; and of a blog on Wordpress.com, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (www.thescl.net), adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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