Here are some cheerful love-related items for your day, whether you have found a valentine or have yet to find (or desire) someone deserving.
-o- Google Valentine’s Day Doodles -o-
From 2000-2012. Here’s the gallery from Mashable.
Here’s the 2012 doodle:
-o- 10 Best Love Letters of All Time – from The Guardian -o-
Among them: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s correspondence with her eventual husband, Robert Browning. Here’s the collection.
Interestingly, Elizabeth didn’t show her husband the sonnets she’d written while he was courting her, including “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” until after the birth of their son in 1849.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
-o- A Brother and Sister Get Married: A love story -o-
A truly unusual story for the day. Comedian John Fugelsang tweeted this story last August, and NPR followed up on the extraordinary circumstances. Fugelsang’s parents were both in a convent, yet their love led them to eventually marry and create a family.
Here’s the piece from NPR.
-o- Valentine’s Day playlist from Mother Jones -o-
The Anti-Valentine’s Day playlist for “Satisfied Singles.” Here’s the playlist, complete with music videos. Enjoy!
-o- Writers choose their favorite love poems -o-
Check out this perfect piece for the day by Paddy Allen: Writers such as Seamus Heaney, Hilary Mantel, Jeanette Winterson and others chose the poems that inspired them, and Carol Ann Duffy wrote a new poem for the selection.
Find The Guardian‘s interactive display here. My favorite is the Donne poem cited by A S Byatt:
Air and Angels
Twice or thrice had I loved thee,
Before I knew thy face or name ;
So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame
Angels affect us oft, and worshipp’d be.
Still when, to where thou wert, I came,
Some lovely glorious nothing did I see.
But since my soul, whose child love is,
Takes limbs of flesh, and else could nothing do,
More subtle than the parent is
Love must not be, but take a body too ;
And therefore what thou wert, and who,
I bid Love ask, and now
That it assume thy body, I allow,
And fix itself in thy lip, eye, and brow.
Whilst thus to ballast love I thought,
And so more steadily to have gone,
With wares which would sink admiration,
I saw I had love’s pinnace overfraught ;
Thy every hair for love to work upon
Is much too much ; some fitter must be sought ;
For, nor in nothing, nor in things
Extreme, and scattering bright, can love inhere ;
Then as an angel face and wings
Of air, not pure as it, yet pure doth wear,
So thy love may be my love’s sphere ;
Just such disparity
As is ‘twixt air’s and angels’ purity,
‘Twixt women’s love, and men’s, will ever be.
What’s your favorite love poem?
This e.e. cummings poem is one of the poems Brian and I love, together.
i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite a new thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which I will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh…And eyes big love-crumbs,
and possibly i like the thrill
of under me you quite so new
I wish you all a safe, sweet and happy Valentine’s Day. Even if you don’t like the “holiday,” eat a heart-shaped candy or leave someone a sweet note. Spread love.