Love is in the air……

As it is Valentines day, I had a romantic notion that today I would go on a photowalk and look for hearts.  I figured that today of all days, the lichen would form itself into hearts, that heart shaped pebbles would litter the beach and that the planes approaching Gatwick would carve hearts in their contrails in the sky…..

It didn’t take long to realise I wasn’t going to find any hearts!   So instead I thought about love and just took pictures that are mainly soft and ethereal.  The sun had just burnt through the fog, but everywhere was still soaked in dew…..

As I returned, I saw a grandfather walking with his toddler grandson, and I thought their holding hands perfectly encapsulated love.

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A valentine…

To be with one another forever and to have no doubt
(Nor feel exhaustion at the prospect)
Is the goal of those who, like us,
Speak in whispers through the night,
Whose one fear is of how Eternity just might
Be too short a time,
And for whom the briefest separation is a crime.

Brian Patten (from Collected Love Poems) – a superb collection.

You will love again the stranger that was yourself….

Love after Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

I went on a fascinating mindfulness course yesterday at The Mindfulness Project in London and this poem was in our handout.   It really impacts on me, I will have to read it a few times to really take it in.    What a wonderful sentiment.