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Beyond Cherry Trees

Your love
does to me
what flowers
do to bees. 

Sun, Feb 16, 2020 | Model info | Footnotes

Happy is the existence of love, the kind that bowls us over and makes us feel like we understand the universe a little bit more, the kind that blurs the ugliness in the world for awhile, the kind that makes everything look beautiful. If you find that feeling, whether you spend an hour, a day, a month, a year, or a lifetime with it, cherish it. And I guess also remember that love comes in so so so so many lengths and forms and styles and colors and ways and ways. Every time you experience it, it’s different somehow, which makes it even more lovely.

Maybe you recognize that what I wrote here is an adaptation of a Pablo Neruda line from a poem, Poem #14 from 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair. It goes, “I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees,” or in its original language, “Quiero hacer contigo lo que la primavera hace con los cerezos.” I noticed some other people adapting it here and there and I thought it would be fun to do my own around February 14th, the day we traditionally celebrate love.

Big shoutout to Tatiana and Jake for enduring a little bit of shivering to get such a sweet shot of their affection.