Friday, February 13, 2009

remember when we were valentines?

Valentines-
I have been thinking about you tonight. Doesn't reading "sheblogs sheblogs" put you in the mood to love? I really feel like it does. I have learned a lot about love this past year, and look forward to learning so much more in the year to come.
Pablo Neruda is a favorite Latin American of mine. He writes lovely poetry about all sorts of things. Some of his first poems were called, "Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair." My favorite of the 20 poems is about how love can be still and is not always active. That just being there is enough. Or at least that is what it means to me. So I know that even though you aren't always making comments on my blog Valentines, that you are there, and that is enough for me. I am here for you too. Love you!

"Me Gustas Cuando Callas" or "I Like for You to Be Still"
by Pablo Neruda

I like for you to be still: it is as though you were absent,
and you hear me from far away and my voice does not touch you.
It seems as though your eyes had flown away
and it seems that a kiss had sealed your mouth.

As all things are filled with my soul
you emerge from the things, filled with my soul.
You are like my soul, a butterfly of dream,
and you are like the word Melancholy.

I like for you to be still, and you seem far away.
It sounds as though you were lamenting, a butterfly cooing like a dove.
And you hear me from far away, and my voice does not reach you:
Let me come to be still in your silence.

And let me talk to you with your silence
that is bright as a lamp, simple as a ring.
You are like the night, with its stillness and constellations.
Your silence is that of a star, as remote and candid.

I like for you to be still: it is as though you were absent,
distant and full of sorrow as though you had died.
One word then, one smile, is enough.
And I am happy, happy that it's not true.

8 comments:

Ani said...

dearest andrea.
Happy love day. I am glad we both have boys to love on! I read your blog, and I will try to comment more!(but only if you add me on your sidebar!)
Love,
"The Other Andrea"

tyler said...

Remember when your husband thought that Katie and I were brother and sister?

I'm growing a rat tail!

tyler said...

I'm not really growing a rat tail, I just got caught up in the moment.

JO said...

I'm so glad that you've had a taste of love this year. You will learn so much more in the rough and the soft spots of life over the next few years and beyond. Marriage is an adventure that I would not trade for any price--so many blessings, even in the tough spots! It sounds like we are both very blessed!

Merry said...

I LOVE "Me Gustas Cuando Callas." Thanks for sharing! And we find out in the next week or so if the TESOL program accepts us or not! Exciting, eh?

mgfaulkner said...

What a beautiful poem, I wonder how I can work in into my Relief Society lesson on Elijah and the Restoration of the Sealing Keys? I'm sure I can figure it out. And I love the Nauvoo post because I love Nauvoo too! Let's go back. Road trip.

mgfaulkner said...

Such a beautiful poem, beautiful daughter, and I'm glad you have such a cute Valentine.

Steve and Jen said...

Hope you had a LOVE-LY weekend!