Hi there, I'm back and not with another Neil Hilborn poem actually. This actually wasn't my original poem this week, but I was looking at more ideas halfway through my other one and instantly fell in love with this one (to the point I spent a solid 20 minutes searching his Instagram for what I hopefully believe is the title) and just had to put the other one on hold until next time. Naked Human is by Christopher Poindexter is a beautifully short yet heart clenching (at least for me) and hard hitting poem. A little fact about Christopher Poindexter is that his poetry is all written on and then posted to his Instagram or Tumblr and that's how he gained popularity ended in him having published collections. Now back to the real reason you all are here, his poem.
The first line of this poem doesn't leave time to get settled it just immediately pulls you in, or at least it pulled me in. All my life I have been told I "love too much" and it's taken me a long time to truly understand and embrace it. He states that she should be proud of that and being older I can truly agree with that. Being told that all my life that I do love too much made it seem like something ashamed of. There wouldn't be a reason someone is pointing it out if it was a good thing right? But in a world filled with people who have no love sometimes like he says, you need to be the one to have "too much". Being able to love no matter what and through everything is something you should never hide or feel ashamed of. It's taken me years to realize this fully and I believe that's what drew me into this poem so much.
Poindexter writes "wear that blessing in your chest like a second heart." which I think is an interesting way to put it. I believe he talks about not putting all of your love into one thing or heart. To actually wear it as a "second heart" and always have a little extra love to give. Through your pain and heartache you still always have this second heart from loving "too much" that you won't ever be able to not love. Also, how he calls it a blessing adds back the positive connotation that is needed to be able to fully appreciate it. I feel like the way we always say it as loving "too much" makes it a negative thing and it's why so many people think its a bad thing that they do and by him saying it's a blessing counters the feeling given with too much.
His last line can take many meanings to different people. To say, "some people are just too tired for love" evokes a strong feeling. To me that brings out heartbreak because to have gotten to the point where these people are too tired is showing the struggle and pain they have gone through to get to this point. On the other hand, it could mean that people are too tired with others and how they treat love and don't love enough that they just aren't bothered anymore with it. From the mind of a girl who loves too much and too deeply I connected with this poem very quickly and take it too heart. Just always remember no matter how much or how little you love always be proud of it.
*Disclaimer: I know for a fact that Naked Human is the name of his book and I'm not 100% positive that this poem even has a name or if it is also named Naked Human.
Unknown by Kim Sun Hyuk