In the shadows…behind the scenes
Nodding in the background
Almost non-existent if one were to judge by the physical, yet always there.
Always, always there.
No comments on the blog post. Sparse reactions on the Facebook, yet silently rooting.
Taciturn, shy, reticent but stoic in effervescent support.
The silent lover is perhaps the best lover you’ll ever have.
By no means effusive with praise
Not one for accolades, unsure about the public show of adoration, an attribute that makes you wonder if they truly care
But they do. They are mighty proud of what you have done.
He marvels at the genius that is his friend. The magical personality in the guise of the girl next door, yet packed with so much palpable talent.
Silent lovers are your biggest allies.
The depth of their love, far-reaching
What they lack in the regularity of praise, they make up for in reliability and magnanimity
It is they who will show up in the most unexpected ways when the storms of life hit
When the sycophants are gone, when friends offer empty words, when the calls from colleagues go cold, the silent lover appears
Stable. Loving. Giving.
His words are like balm to an aching joint. His soft assurances work wonders for a distraught heart.
His presence looms large even in his absence.
How we love to focus on haters.
Haters this, Haters that
The antagonist who never sees the good in us
The ones with the constantly scathing criticism
Barely acknowledging our talent
They wonder why we even bother with what we do
The unbelievers of our gospel
Those who sneer, scoff, snort and snigger when we aren’t looking
And sometimes, even when we are
How those blisteringly blunt remarks sear our very core
And when we can’t take it anymore, we vow to pepper dem
We are on a constant war path fueled by the need to show them who’s boss
Ranting, raving, sending subliminal messages
Surely, they’d see it
We take our gaze off who and what really matters
Our silent lovers
The unflinching supporter
The loyal friend
The perfect ally
The voice of reason
The one who makes sense of all the chaos that so deeply overwhelms us
Silent lovers are oh so precious
Never in your face with their love yet praying, marvelling, cheering and fighting battles we know nothing about
It’s mild but can be fierce
It’s away but never really far away
It’s peaceful yet fervent
Reminding you of the rock they are
An anchor so you don’t drift away
Like the fresh air that wafts through a claustrophobic room
Like the taste of spring water on a parched tongue
Like the morning after a long, dreary night
LIke answered prayers
Today, I acknowledge all my silent lovers
I feel you, even when I don’t see you
I love you because you’re constant
Never wavering in commitment
Being steady, being true, being you
Hello, Silent Lover
These words are for you.