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One of the most wonderful things about my wedding (IMO) was that Josh and I designed the entire ceremony ourselves. Our different religious backgrounds allowed us the freedom to create a ceremony unique to us, outside of traditional vows and readings sometimes required in a Church or Synagogue. By pulling in our own favorite traditions and inspirations, everything from our vows to the ceremony music was personally chosen and encapsulated who we are as a couple perfectly.
One of our readings was Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda. Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet alive from 1904 to 1973, who was politically exiled to Argentina for a large portion of his life. In 1971, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His poems have been translated from Spanish all over the world, and his talent is remarkable.
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, 100 Love Sonnets (1960)
Some writers have the ability to move me to tears, and he is no exception. This is one of those times that I wish I was fluent in Spanish, so that I could read his works as he originally wrote them. Knowing that some of the meaning and passion of literature is often lost in translation, I can only imagine how incredible his poems must be in their native language. The English versions alone are enough to touch my soul.
When I read Sonnet 17, I marvel in the depth of the love and bond that Josh and I have. It’s so powerful to read another’s words and relate exactly to them. I often think of all of the other lovers in the world and of the powerful connection joining humans throughout space and time via the emotions we all share and empathize with.
I think this is what Valentine’s Day is all about – the sharing and celebration of this beautiful emotion called “LOVE” in all of its many incarnations, big and small!
Today, I’m wishing each and every one of you a day filled with love, happiness, peace, and joy with those you surround yourself with. Tune out the hype and emphasis on the materialism of the date, if you can. Reflect on all of the good in your life, and revel in the knowledge that YOU deserve LOVE. It’s what makes the world go round. xo