Monday, February 14, 2011

Macro Monday - Love One Another

IMG_2002 ionic heart capital desat

IMG_2003 ionic heart column


Love One Another

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup, but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone.
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart.
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.


Khalil Gibran (1883 - 1931)


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36 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Lovelyphotos and wonderful words.

tchesney said...

I love the details in the pillar and love your sentiments as well! Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours! :)

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

I have long loved these words of Gibran on gauging the right distance in love, the closeness without the intrusion, the Rilkean protection of the other's solitude. Just like the two banks of a river or two columns of a temple, neither the river or temple will continue to exist if the banks or columns are too far apart or too close together.

Beautifully illustrated with your macro shots.

jeannette said...

Wow that's the ultimate of giving oneself! Loe your Corinthian pillar -Happy Valentine's day:)

jo said...

Not your heart of stone I hope :-)
Hearts everywhere today.

Margaret said...

Well Lorenzo gives a perfect tie in with your chosen photo prompt! I LOVE Gibran and his words I hold dear to my heart. Perfect day to choose this posting! Thank you (and for the kind words on my blog!)

lisa said...

Wow! This is just phenomenal!
Love the wonderful detail and texture.
I wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day!

California Girl said...

Khalil Gibran...ahhhh. His poetry is true. Nice to see this piece along with your striking photographs. I may appropriate this poem and give to my husband as I think we have managed to achieve what Gibran tells us to strive for.

happy V day!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Well now....just look at that?!!! A heart in macro. How so very perfect for today.

Kala said...

♥ the details! Happy Valentine's Day!

CC said...

Touching message and lovely photos for
Valentine's Day. ♡

Susan said...

Really beautiful!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful quote! The pictures are perfect.

Ruth said...

You are really something! I never would have thought to find hearts in the capital ornamentation of a column. And then Gibran's poem, yes, so perfectly paired, and also strikingly like the Rilke for Valentine's Day as Lorenzo pointed out.

Brilliant.

rochambeau said...

Beautiful words a lovely heart images Dutchbaby! For Noelle's going away last week, I read a Khalil Gibran poem about friendship, I was looking through a lot of his work and rereading many works, including Love One Another. His words really get to me, too!
Hope your day is the best yet~
xox
Constance

Ginnie said...

Stunning images, DB, for this special day. And the poem you chose is one of my favorites of all time!

Relyn said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous - the words and the images.

dona said...

Very nice and unusual images! Molto brava! :)

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Elisabeth,
Thank you for your visit and your kind words. Welcome to Dutchbaby!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear tchesney,
Thank you; I hope you had a great Valentine's Day as well.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Lorenzo,
Exactly! Closeness without intrusion and protection of solitude are the secrets to a successful relationship.

Thank you for elaborating on Gibran's philosophy.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear jeannette,
I've always found that in giving, you end up receiving so much more.
I hope you had a great Valentine's holiday.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear jo,
Gosh I hope not! Only if it means that it will endure.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Margaret,
Yes, that Lorenzo is a smart one! I love Gibran too. My husband chose all Gibran quotes for our wedding readings.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear lisa,
Thank you. I hope you enjoyed your Valentine's Day too.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear California Girl,
Congratulations on striking that balance with your husband. I think my husband and I have too. Gibran writes a similar piece about our children too.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear HOOTIN' ANNI,
Yes, it was cliche, but I couldn't resist.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kala,
Thanks for your visit and comment.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear CC,
Glad you like them :-)

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Susan,
You're sweet!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Marilyn,
Thank you!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ruth,
I see these pillars on the way to class every Saturday, so I had multiple chances to observe them. I was thrilled to find the Gibran poem to accompany the images. I'm going to run over to your Rilke blog now.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Constance,
Your posts about your dear friend's departure are heartwarming and you are a dear friend to send her off so gloriously. You are living the life Gibran describes.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ginny,
Thank you! Do you and Astrid celebrate Valentine's Day in Holland?

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Relyn,
Thank you. It's always so nice to see you here!

Dutchbaby said...

Cara dona,
Grazie mille!

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