Wednesday, February 14, 2007

So Much Happiness

i heart you
Searching for words today on this day of love... I thought I would share this poem left by a very dear friend for Hugh and I.

It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.

But happiness floats.
It doesn't need you to hold it down.
It doesn't need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house
and now live over a quarry of noise and dust
cannot make you unhappy.
Everything has a life of its own,
it too could wake up filled with possibilities
of coffee cake and ripe peaches,
and love even the floor which needs to be swept,
the soiled linens and scratched records…..

Since there is no place large enough
to contain so much happiness,
you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you
into everything you touch. You are not responsible.
You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit
for the moon, but continues to hold it, and share it,
and in that way, be known.

by Naomi Shihab Nye

(i heart you and you and you)


Shari said...

lovely photo and poem. happy hearts day mati! xoxo shari

Swirly said...

Absolutely perfect.

kelly rae said...

i've never read this lovely poem before and i think i'll be back to read it again. you have such a big heart, mati. having just met you, it's still so clear....

leonie said...

that is so beautiful. thanks

la vie en rose said...

i love naomi shihab of my favorites...

Liz said...

thanks for sharing the poem - beautiful!

wandered over from someplace or other; good journeying to you, young lady :)