Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Moravian College and has been freelance writing for more than 12 years.
When it comes to my boyfriend, there are many different sides
To him and each one was just as complex as the others
Appearance isn't everything; it's what's inside that counts
Everyone often dismissed him as a Marlon Brando type
Of tough guy with three tattoos on his one arm
And his initially imposing 6'4 frame at first
Sure, he's definitely a guy you don't want to mess with
If you cross him, duck and cover, rude drunk fellas.
What many don't see is that he had a softer, vulnerable side
A part of him that was in touch with his feelings that many men
Usually avoided going near for fear of ruining their manhood
Showing to only those nearest, dearest and understanding
As his girlfriend, I get private dibs to all the machinations
Running through his head as he dreamt up new ways
To reinvent the world into a pleasure palace full of adventure
Of the youthful and imaginative persuasion in the best ways
Never naïve, but always hopeful that one idea will work
Even if he wasn't the one that sought it through to completion
19 years of blood, sweat and endless stress fractures
Will lead to something consequences or not
Inspired by his determination to keep fighting the good fight
Work on ideas that won't change the world, but put a smile
On at least one person's face will be enough for now
Loved the fact that he wore his heart and his ideas out in the open
Passionate about his thoughts and his dreams of different tomorrows
Wanted to give him a hug when the storm clouds sometimes loomed
And doubt trickled into his confidence level and completely deflated it
Run my fingers through his light dark chocolate mane with a touch of sea salt
If there was such a thing, the description would fit perfectly
When it comes to those blasted storm clouds, he doesn't have to question
Whether I'll be there to help guide him through.
A lot stronger than I may appear to be; despite appearance to the contrary
Willing to fight for another sunny day, week or however many endless ones
There are in the arsenal
Sit back. Relax and sail away.
Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on October 24, 2018:
A nice tribute to your boyfriend. True love.