Happy Valentine’s Day

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.”

For all the ways we love, and in awe of (and joyful participation in!) the grand Mystery of Love itself: here, one of our favorite poems on one of our most inspirational subjects, by the ever-so-tender Pablo Neruda. Wishing you a Valentine’s day that touches the divine soul of love.

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Love Sonnet XVII

by Pablo Neruda

I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries
the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,
and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose
from the earth lives dimly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.

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