Monday, February 9, 2009

A post for those with Valentine's from recent entries that felt to me they fit the part.
Whether you love those around you more one day out of the year or not, believe in a holiday that celebrates with cards and cheesiness or just enjoy a bit of poetry... todays post goes out to the lovers. Enjoy.

If You Forget Me ~ Pablo Neruda

I want you to know one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.

Pablo Neruda
Vivien Ayroles and Stefano Marchionini, Aix-en-Provence, France
From the collaborative project Entr'ouvert

Ralph Pruszynski, Seoul, South Korea
From the project Little Pieces of Us

Daniel Weisser, Germany