Tuesday, February 14, 2006

to love is to battle

to love is to battle, if two kiss
the world changes, desires take flesh
thoughts take flesh, wings sprout
on the backs of the slave, the world is real
and tangible, wine is wine, bread
regains its savor, water is water,
to love is to battle, to open doors,
to cease to be a ghost with a number
forever in chains, forever condemned
by a faceless master;
the world changes
if two look at each other and see

~Octavio Paz ~
Piedra de Sol (The Sun Stone)
translated by Eliot Weinberger
today a co-worker and musician made me feel special. he came by and revealed that he had written & recorded a song inspired by me and our conversations. i got to listen to it, it was very nice. its message was to be careful with your love. being cautious was Me a few years ago but i've learned to take risks. it was a lovely surprise.

happy valentine's day :)


Maddy said...

"...the world changes
if two look at each other and see..."

stunning. and deeply true.
forever true. We are here to
love, it is written time and
time again.


Maddy said...

Lorena! I found a great
poetry site

Silly Adventures said...

that sounds like a real nice valentine's day present. a personal one, coming really from the person's heart. nice. have a great day.

mermaid said...

It's hard enough to see ourselves, let alone another person. What blessings when two people "see" each other.

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too.

Anonymous said...

Saw your link on Madelyn's sight - nice poem


grumblefish said...

Beautiful, Lorena. The poem points out something that's too often lost
in the shuffle- life, living, loving, each has it's own authentic sensations which can't be
synthesized. They're real, but not
always overt, and can't be conjured up from the props with which we surround ourselves.

Pincushion said...

...I feel happy for you! Love and caution do not go together! So enjoy! Huggs :))

moon said...

but you are! you are! inspirational beautiful creature!

may all year long will be wraped with love for you

Lorena said...

madelyn :: glad you liked the poem! he is amazing.

silly adventures :: it wasn't a vday thing. just a sweet gesture. hope you are having a great week!

mermaid :: definitely true. i think sometimes we do see ourselves we just have a problem accepting what we see, another battle there.

true blue guy :: thanks for dropping by and glad you liked his poem.

grumblefish :: wow, thanks for the perspective....:) glad you liked the poem.

pincushion :: yes i have managed to fight well my inner battle over being to cautious, thanks :)

moon :: well thank you, so are YOU!! :)
you bring so much energy here, thanks!!

Sk8RN said...

Hmmm... be careful with your love, huh? I'll have to think about that one. I think I'm free with my love, but careful with my self. Does that make sense?

Maddy said...

see?!! Co-workers are
writing songs inspired by you!

bert moth said...

I was always under the impression it was easier for 'simple' people to "see" each other. Anyway, here's to throwing caution down North Michigan! Inspiring music!

Lorena said...

sk8rn :: i think it makes sense. i love a lot of people i'm just careful with those i 'love'. depends on the type of love where i take caution.

madelyn :: yeah it was a nice surprise. i think it's great to be an inspiration to somewhere but i don't think i am to many....sometimes you are when you least expect it :)

Ô¿Ô :: i like what you said....hmm...very interesting! i'm all for taking risks!! yay! :)

allister said...

Lorena! Be my valentine! Happy Valentines day! Sorry I haven’t been round, laziness goes hand in hand with procrastination. Good to see your still writing and snapping away. Catch you later.

Luanne said...

"to love is to battle, to open doors, to cease to be a ghost with a number forever in chains, forever condemned by a faceless master"

powerful lines...


it's good that you've learned to take risks. magic happens when you take the right ones...

I wish someone would be inspired by me enough to write me a song =)

Nessa said...

This was very sweet :)

Valentine's day's gone by, but I hope you had a nice one :)

P.S. I've taken too many risks. Now it's time to be cautious.. At least I'll FEEL safe..

sirbarrett said...

You are someone's muse.

The poem reminds me how when two people are together all of a sudden there is a transcendence that takes place with everything around you because you no longer live for yourself in yourself, but seem to be projected into them. The transcendence doesn't take you away from the world, but binds you more closely with it. You get to a state where you feel that everywhere is love. A kiss freezes that moment. It brings you together and you feel like one entity. Every time the world changes, you have to be careful stepping into it, that you will not trip. I like your attitude though: it's worth the risk.


Thanks for posting this; what a gorgeous poem!