You deserved to be loved

You deserve to be loved with your guard down,

with no make-up and your pants inside out,

when you wake up late with sticky eyes

and say you don’t feel like you should work.

 

You deserve to be loved in your splendour,

in the midsummer dances under the stars,

when all you want is your wildest friends.

You deserve to be loved from a distance.

 

You deserved to be loved ‘coz you lost a tooth

and never got money enough to replace it.

‘Coz you can’t see the gap between you

and everyone else’s image of you.

 

You deserve to be loved for your longing,

for your restless mind that fails to give in,

for the days you spend counting mistakes

and failing to denote the spirt of sense.

 

You deserve to be loved with your mojo on,

jumping about like the world was your patio,

yelling you could have been an Olympian

if only your folks had got the school right.

 

You deserve to be loved ‘coz you whimper

about insubstantial stuff like phone signals.

You deserve to be loved ‘coz you met terror

and looked at the Kraken straight in the eye.

 

You deserve to be loved ‘coz we all do.

No matter how bent you think your back is

or how far away you are from the moon.

In times of hate you deserve to be loved.

 

Gabriel Moreno