Amor Vincit Omnia

I’ve always been a bit of a romantic, or at the very least, someone who values the heart along with the head as a guide for navigating through life. I resisted this aspect of myself for a long time, feeling that it must be irrational or unintelligent. But in recent years I’ve come around, and realized that leading with an open heart is never wrong.

This is all just a lead-up to say that I’ve always liked Valentine’s Day, whether or not I’ve had a sweetheart to celebrate with. Some of my favorite V-Day celebrations and gifts have been with and from friends, from gorging on chocolate and having a Johnny Depp movie marathon in college, to receiving a mystery package on my doorstep a few years ago “signed” by a friend’s teddy bear. When I lived in Spokane I often went to my mom’s to create love-themed collages and other art. There’s a lot of love in this life to be celebrated.

There are many love poems that I like, but here is one, a quirky cummings verse in honor of Valentine’s Day:

 

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

i fear

no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want

no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

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