Thursday, 28 January 2010

Shining Shadows

Let my shadow disappear into yours
Let me lose myself
under the tall trees
that themselves lose their crowns in the twilight,
surrendering themselves to the sky and the night.

- Pär Lagerkvist (1891-1974)

(vintage silk scarf from Buckingham Palace that belonged to my late great aunt)

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.

- from Pablo Neruda's Love Sonnet XVII

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