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Without you I could be lost / I love you, I thank you, I adore you

You make me smile / With every beat of my heart

And every breath I take / I thank the heavens and the stars



Twenty Short Stories of Love

By Ng'ethe Githinji



I love you…

You are my north, my south, my east and west… I love you

To the end of the earth

Stay with me, love me

I love you


I can see you

There you are

In my heart

The sound of your voice

The touch of your hand


Only you

I can see you


Feel my breath on your hand

Touch the soul of my heart






Your eyes guide me through the night

Your hands hold me tight

Your heart leads the way to my heart

I want to stay


Ask me to stay


Make me sweat


Guess what?

I love you

Why do you love me?

Because I love you


I never want to love again

It hurts

Pain, sorrow, pieces

Broken pieces

I never want to love again


With my eye shut

And my heart stopped

I feel the love you have for me

As I sit and wait

I know the right way

To the end of the road

You guide me. Love me, keep me

One day I know we will meet

As the birds fly past

As the days go by

I know I want to see you

Neither the sun, the moon,  nor the stars

Will keep me away


I wake

I stare





The moon and the stars

The heavens and the earth



Catch the train


Wake up

Open your eyes

And your heart

Leave all your troubles behind

Run out the door

Catch the bus or the train

Leave all your bags behind

All the bad days behind

Watch the sun rise another way




Consume, obsess


Evolve, devolve

Follow, lead

Hate, love

Grief, grieve

Pleasure, pain

Restore, destroy

A to z


Today I saw this man

And he touched me

I was not aware of who he was

Or what he would do

Today I saw this man

He will be love

To me


The way to the heart

Is through the soul

The way to the soul is through the eyes

And the smile…


This man?

He will be love

To me


I am your friend

I would die for you

This is my life

I choose to live it now





This is my friend


I know what to do now

The time

The sky is my guide

Take me to my place


Tell the story of the day

As the sun sets and the rain rains

The story will grow

Tell the tale

Of the way of the world

Straight is the path

Hard is the road

Over the hill

Down the valley

Through the dark into the night

Into the rain

Tale of the story

The burden of truth

Is the story of life

Hard is the road

The tale of time

Be strong

Tell your story

And the tale of your life will unfold

Set you free


My love

In my heart each day

Your smile, your touch, your eyes

They guide me

And keep me

Safe and sane

Without you I could be lost

I love you, I thank you, I adore you

You make me smile

With every beat of my heart

And every breath I take

I thank the heavens and the stars,

My love


And as I looked unto the heavens

And the stars

I knew then, more than ever

I am alive

A life,

Every breath, every motion I take

Every beat of my heart tells me so


A life

I know now.


Life, liberty and free thought

Give, take and see the light

On the verge of life

Not the edge of death

This is my world

I live it, in it and by it

Every breath

Every beat of my heart

Free, happy, strong.


Meet people

See the world

Reach for the stars


Don’t be afraid, don’t cry

This too shall pass


The heavens

The earth, will be yours,

Touch the sky

Keep your head up high



Be yourself, love yourself

Sleep like a child.


He stood there

Waiting for his love


And wanting

Forbidden love

Why the world goes round

Why move on

Why not be with your love

Speak, think, live and wish

They love each other

Know it will not work

I am the show on the floor, the orchid in the back,

The fly on the wall

I see the look in their eyes

Is life fair

Is love wrong

Will it be fine

Life is not fair and love is not wrong

Loved and beloved

Love, true love and sin

Do you stand there.


Out in the middle of nowhere

Deep in the heart of man

True love lives

Even though sometimes hard

Sunrise, sunset,

Moonrise and dusk

Colour of your heart

Keep it alert

Sing, dance,

Out in the middle of no where


I am love

I am hate

I lust

I wait

I am life eternal

Hate is in me

Lust I know, waiting is not my game

Each morning

Rise of the sun

Each rise of the moon

I know

I am love.


At the beginning of time

The dawn of evolution

The spark that lit the heavens

And the earth

I knew I was there

With the rising tides

And the falling leaves

As the sands of time blew into the distance

And the winds of change came about

By the hands of the gods

And the swords of thieves

It was called upon


Spawn or even carved

We are the universe, the sun the moon and the stars,

We are the same, bit by bit, bone by bone,

At the beginning of time

I was there.


I look unto the heavens and the sky

I see the stars and the sun

I see you and me,

He and she

She and he

You and i

As all good things come and go

They come again

Just like the sun

Rising in the east

And setting in the west and rising in the east

We are one

We live, we die

We are one

We re-live and find our sight

Like the days of the sun and nights of the moon

Each has their time

Know your space

Find your heart

Speak the truth

Follow the path

Hard may be the way

Sore may be your feet

We are one, even with the sun

You are mine, we are one

You, me, he, she

Sun, moon, stars.

posted 9 July 2007

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