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“One day you will take my heart completely
and make it more fiery than a dragon.
Your eyelashes will write on my heart the poem
that could never come from the pen of a poet.”

-Rumi

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A poem by Pablo Neruda. A photo by Jose Villa.

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Take bread away from me, if you wish,
take air away, but
do not take from me your laughter.

Do not take away the rose,
the lance flower that you pluck,
the water that suddenly
bursts forth in joy,
the sudden wave
of silver born in you.

My struggle is harsh and I come back
with eyes tired
at times from having seen
the unchanging earth,
but when your laughter enters
it rises to the sky seeking me
and it opens for me all
the doors of life.

My love, in the darkest
hour your laughter
opens, and if suddenly
you see my blood staining
the stones of the street,
laugh, because your laughter
will be for my hands
like a fresh sword.

Next to the sea in the autumn,
your laughter must raise
its foamy cascade,
and in the spring, love,
I want your laughter like
the flower I was waiting for,
the blue flower, the rose
of my echoing country.

Laugh at the night,
at the day, at the moon,
laugh at the twisted
streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy
fool who loves you,
but when I open
my eyes and close them,
when my steps go,
when my steps return,
deny me bread, air,
light, spring,
but never your laughter.

-Pablo Neruda

 

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  1. Tobin Photography http://tobinphotography.com/wedding reply

    Simply beautiful. Thanks for that, Jose.
    Tobin

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When I was a little girl one of my favorite books was Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes it is a touching story based on a true story, where a young Japanese girl folds a thousand cranes with the hope that her wish will come true.  My family is Japanese on my Mother’s side and I have always treasured this tradition of folding a simple square of paper into a delicate and beautiful crane–it still seems magical. Folding a thousand cranes is often done for celebrations, particularly weddings as a wish for good luck in honor of the bride and groom.  Another version I have heard is that the Bride folds the cranes in preparation for her wedding day and as her wish for a lifetime of happiness.  In this stunning photo by Jose Villa I’m reminded of how beautiful it can be to incorporate these traditions–honoring our families and celebrating the beauty of our diversity.

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“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving.  May it be filled with many moments to be thankful for.

- xo Liane

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