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Looking at love


14th. Today is love talk day. Not the soppy kind, definitely not pedantic, and I will try not to be foolishly hopeful either. Just observations. 


But as I sit down to write this, words seem inadequate. I have been trying, writing and deleting it all. When it comes to love, so much has already been said, understood and ignored. Words can sometimes be too restrictive. So this year, let me bring you something to look at instead. 


I found an old Arabic treatise and an Egyptian manuscript with beautiful illustrations. Art speaks to us in many different ways. Perhaps you will find what it is trying to say.


love,


comes
unexpectedly
in all shapes and kinds

13th-century Arabic treatise by Zakariya al-Qazwini ancient art arabic animals forms of love

13th-century Arabic treatise by Zakariya al-Qazwini



as
floating halves
hoping seeking and swiping

13th-century Arabic treatise by Zakariya al-Qazwini-century Arabic treatise by Zakariya al-Qazwini two halves women love

13th-century Arabic treatise by Zakariya al-Qazwini


we fly with fish

and willingly drown


13th-century Arabic treatise by Zakariya al-Qazwini ancient art fish fly man

13th-century Arabic treatise by Zakariya al-Qazwini


soft eyes of the beast
nails, flesh and no sleep

13th-century Arabic treatise by Zakariya al-Qazwini ancient egypt art man beast lovers

Egyptian Kalīlah wa Dimnah, 1310


between us
walls, silence and other things

13th-century Arabic treatise by Zakariya al-Qazwini animal fable story love caged lovers walls

Egyptian Kalīlah wa Dimnah, 1310


madness has a quiet way

13th-century Arabic treatise by Zakariya al-Qazwini madness woman flying fish ancient art

13th-century Arabic treatise by Zakariya al-Qazwini


alone, together
love feels the same

Persian book of astrology, 1921 ancient art persia animal fable love alone loneliness

Persian book of astrology, 1921


will you find me again 
in a different time
another place...

8th-century Arabic fables of Ibn al-Muqaffa love story universe soulmates ancient

8th-century Arabic fables of Ibn al-Muqaffa


Happy Valentines.

I hope you are celebrating. Whether you’re single, double, with your cat, or your coffee. Today is just an excuse to read a little poetry, and feel hopeful.




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