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If You Forget Me

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 i...more
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Sonnet XVII

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way than this:

where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
Pablo Neruda
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Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
by Elizabeth Gilbert (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2010
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Having read Eat, Pray, Love and having fallen in love with it, I really looked forward to Elizabeth Gilbert's follow-up book. However, be warned. If you seek, as I did, the same voice, the same candidness and humor of Eat, Pray, Love, chances are you...more
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The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People by David  Niven
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The Physiology of Love and Other Writings by Paolo Mantegazza
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This Migrant Earth by Tomás Rivera
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Antipoems by Nicanor Parra
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Letters from the South Seas by Paul Gauguin
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Ursula K. Le Guin
“Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Anaïs Nin
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”
Anaïs Nin

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

William Carlos Williams
“As the rain falls
so does
your love

bathe every
object of the world”
William Carlos Williams

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