A Poem: Codependent Love. By Ross Rosenberg

Codependent Love

Heart made of fire

Codependent love is illogical,
transient and shapeless.
It resists definition.
Defies explanation.

Good, bad,
healthy, dysfunctional,
long-term or fleeting.
Here, there
and nowhere
It is just what it is.

It is paradoxical.
Pain beckoning hope.
Sly like a fox.
Pretending to be big,
happy and permanent.

It’s like a shiny new diamond
Larger than life
Symbolic happiness
Sparkly deception
Promising forever smiles.

This love lies!
It promises delivery
from eternal loneliness
But perpetually disappoints.

Look in the mirror!

Gaze deeply into the face
that needs to love you.


Look carefully

Because that same smile

will eventually be on the face

Of the lover you always deserved.


Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC, CSAT