Another Valentine- Wendy Cope

We have been wandering around looking for love poems to celebrate Valentine’s Week. There are hundred, in not thousands of poems and couplets, written across the centuries and woven deeply into each culture, some flowery, others sugary, many sad. In Wendy Cope’s “Another Valentine” we find a wonderfully refreshing, mature, poem that is realistic, sure and speaks of a deep and mature love. While feeling the obligation to celebrate the date on the calendar that declares “we are to be loving and romantic”, the depth and spirit of their love shines abundantly clear.

“Today we are obliged to be romantic
And think of yet another valentine.
We know the rules and we are both pedantic:
Today’s the day we have to be romantic.
Our love is old and sure, not new and frantic.
You know I’m yours and I know you are mine.
And saying that has made me feel romantic,
My dearest love, my darling valentine.”

 

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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A Love Essay Attributed to Carl Sandburg

This “A Love Essay” is attributed to Carl Sandburg. We feel his essay is a wonderful reflection to share as we begin the Valentine’s Day weekend. The essay captures a level of maturity, depth, a willingness to grow, patiences to be with, and an excitement about, the possibilities love provides all the while opening our lives up further to be with each other.

“I love you for what you are, but I love you yet more for what you are going to be. I love you not so much for your realities as for your ideals. I pray for your desires that they may be great, rather than for your satisfactions, which may be so hazardously little. A satisfied flower is one whose petals are about to fall. The most beautiful rose is one hardly more than a bud wherein the pangs and ecstasies of desires are working for larger and finer growth. Not always shall you be what you are now. You are going forward toward something great. I am on the way with you and therefore I love you.”

These beautiful words from Sandburg’s essay also remind us of a huge sign hanging in a casino. We hear about the sign a longtime ago and how it captures the essence of what it takes to be in a quality relationship: “YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN” 

May you and your love have a beautiful weekend for love’s celebration.

 

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

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Vows: “When I’m Sixty-Four”

Yup, Paul McCartney’s wonderful song, “When I’m Sixty-Four” is a great song/ poem to celebrate Valentine’s Day and  a wonderful meditation to help you prepare to write marriage vows. Classic lines, wonderful images, beautiful sentiments, life, love and the fullness of relationships. “When I’m Sixty-Four” is on the ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album.

“When I’m Sixty-Four”

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

You’ll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you

I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight
If it’s not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck & Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

Ah, now, aren’t they wonderful thoughts for a Valentine’s Day Week?

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

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My Love Has Made Me Selfish- John Keats

This is an extraordinary poem by John Keats to Fanny Brawne written about 1819-1820.

My love has made me selfish.
I cannot exist without you.
I am forgetful of everything but seeing you again.
My Life seems to stop there,
I see no further.
You have absorbed me.
I have a sensation at the present moment as though I were dissolving.
I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you.
I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion,
I have shudder’d at it,
I shudder no more.
I could be martyred for my religion,
Love is my religion,
I could die for that.
I could die for you.
My creed is love and you are it only tenet.
You have ravished me away by a Power I cannot resist.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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Why no images in this blog? We feel the words you share with each other during your wedding ceremony are some of the most important words you will ever share with each other.

Love

Thanks for stopping by. The following came to us and we had to share it. Please enjoy and share.

Love defies all economic principles
The supply is vast and so is the demand.
The sources of love are infinite and yet it remains the most valuable thing we can possess.
Those who give more love,
get more.
Does this make sense? Of course not.
It’s Magic.
~Margaret B. Moss

 

Enjoy,
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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The Black Dot

This is not a wedding ceremony item per se, but rather a life focusing essay that came to us yesterday. We think it is a fantastic reminder and a wonderful piece to have and reflect upon. I am sharing it with as many people as I can.

One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin. The professor handed out the exam with the text facing down, as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked the students to turn over the papers.
To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions, just a black dot in the center of the sheet of paper. The professor, seeing the expression on everyone’s faces, told them the following: “ I want you to write about what you see there” The students, confused, got started on the inexplicable task.
At the end of the class the professor took all the exams and started reading each one of them out loud in front of all the students. All of them, with no exception, defined the black dot, trying to explain its position in the center of the sheet. After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor started to explain: “I am not going to grade you on this, I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot, and the same happens in out lives. We have a white piece of paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots. Our life is a gift given to us (by God) with love and care and we always have reasons to celebrate: nature renewing itself everyday, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see every day… However, we insist on focusing on the dark spot: The health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relations with family members, the disappointment with a friend. The dark spots are very small when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds. Take your eyes away from the black dots in your life. Enjoy each one of your blessings; each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love!

And remember from Sesame Street: it is all about the size of where you put your eye, and that’s about the size of it!

Enjoy,
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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Love Is…

We share our planet with about 7 billion people.  Within our human community about 2.25 billion of us profess to be members of a Christian denomination. So, with that sizable statistic, it is pretty fair to say that one of the most popular readings about love is from the very famous Chapter 13 taken from Saint Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, the “Love is patient, Love is kind” reading. We share with you the following slight variation of that reading we have written. We eliminate the use of the word NOT with its negative implication and focus on the positive. We know the tremendous experience of love is unable to be boxed in by a few small words, however, here is an attempt to give a snapshot of some of the many, many faces, elements and experiences  of what Love Is:

Love is patient

Love is kind.

It is trusting, simple and uncomplicated.

Love is knowing when and how to be the right size

Love is respectful and unselfish.

Love understands, forgives, and celebrates justice.

Love rejoices with the truth.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

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