Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Looking Back

How was your weekend? Ours felt insanely busy. We were exhausted yesterday and steadfast in our belief that weekends should last three days, not two.

We went to a birthday party, moved way too much furniture (we got a new bed!), cleaned out Sabine's closet (unearthing a bassinet, a swing, too many baby clothes and a baby toys), had a nice visit with a long lost cousin, went to Costco (oh the torture of Costco!), bought new sheets and so much more.

While cleaning, I found a pile of old pictures and a card I'd given Kadin exactly four years ago while we were still dating. I'd pasted a poem inside that went like this:

Love Sonnet XVII

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Pablo Neruda
via Observando


Nancy said...

It was so nice meeting you! Hopefully next time we meet, we will have more time to chat!

That is such as beautiful poem!

Laura Mauk said...

@Nancy, Thank you and yes, I was thinking the same thing...great to meet you and soon enough we'll be able to have a conversation!


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