The Greatest of These is Love – Vol. 9

“Love is worth saving.” From The Fifth Element (1999)

“Ah, Mastery of the Five Elements!”
“Is that the one we want?” I asked.
“No, but a good one. How to tame the five essential elements of the universe – earth, air, water, fire, and cheese!”
“Cheese?”
~ Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid

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Love.  Technically it isn’t an element but artistically, humanly, love is very much an element.  What would the world be without it? What would art, music, poetry be without love’s influence? The ups and downs, the fullness and the pain, the joy and the sorrow? Earth can ground us, air can uplift us, fire can burn within us, and water can soothe us, but love … “the greatest of these is love.” Love is not only worth saving — love can save us in the end.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our stroll through the elements… Have a wonderful weekend! Love to you all, Jennie and Christy

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fifth element by Pamass (via)

fifth element by Pamass (via)

“Love is a luxury.”
“No. Love is an element.”
An element. Like air to breathe, earth to stand on.”
~ Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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Love Poem Medley

by Rudy Francisco

I want you to bite my lip until I can no longer speak
And then suck my ex girlfriend’s name out of my mouth just to make sure she never comes up in our conversations.
I’m going to be honest, I’m not really a love poet
In fact, every time I try to write about love my hands cramp… just to show me how painful love can be.
And sometimes my pencils break, just to prove to me that every now and then love takes a little more work than you planned
See I heard that love is blind so, I write all my poems in Braille
And my poems are never actually finished because true love is endless.
I always believed that real love is kind of like a super model before she’s air brushed;
It’s pure and imperfect, just the way that God intended.
See I’m going to be honest, I’m not a love poet
But if I was to wake up tomorrow morning and decide that I really wanted to write about love I swear that my first poem…
It would be about you.

About how I loved you the same way that I learned how to ride a bike: Scared
But reckless with no training wheels or elbow pads so my scars can tell the story of how I fell for you.
You see, I’m not really a love poet
But if I was I’d write about how I see your face in every cloud and your reflection in every window
You see I’ve written like a million poems hoping that somehow maybe someway you’ll jump out of the page and be closer to me
Because if you were here, right now
I would massage your back until your skin sings songs that your lips don’t even know the words to.

Until your heartbeat sounds like my last name and you smile like the Pacific ocean
I want to drink the sunlight in your skin.
If I was a love poet
I’d write about how you have the audacity to be beautiful
Even on days when everything around you is ugly
You see I’d write about your eyelashes and how they are like violin strings that play symphonies every time you blink.

If I was a love poet
I’d write about how I melt in front of you like an ice sculpture
Every time I hear the vibration in your voice so whenever I see your name on the caller ID my heart
It plays hop scotch inside of my chest.
Yo it climbs on to my ribs like monkey bars and I feel like a child all over again.
I know this sounds strange but every now and then I pray that God somehow turns you back into one of my ribs…
Just so that I would never have to spend an entire day without you.

I swear, I’m not a love poet
But if I was to wake up tomorrow morning and decide that I really wanted to write about love
My first poem it would be about you
And after all of that she was like, so how do you feel about me?
And I said, put it like this:
I want to be your ex boyfriend’s stunt man. I want to do everything that he never had the courage to do like… trust you.
I swear that when our lips touch I can taste the next sixty years of my life.
And some days I want to swallow stacks of your pictures just so you can be a part of me for a little bit longer.
If I could I would sample your smile and then I would let my heart beat
Do the bass line, we would create the greatest love song of all time
Whenever, we stand next to each other, love I was the only one made for you and you can be at last my Etta James
I’ll be oh child when you’re in pain or you could be candy coated drops of rain
Even though it never rains in Southern California
And together, we could be music.

And when my friends ask if you’re my girlfriend
I’ll say no.
She is my musician
And me… I’m her favorite song.

~ “Love Poem Medley” by Rudy Francisco, available on Scotch Tape [EP]

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La Mariée (The Bride) by Marc Chagall (1950)

“Anna Scott: I can’t believe you have that picture on your wall.
William: You like Chagall?
Anna Scott: I do. It feels like how being in love should be. Floating through a dark blue sky.
William: With a goat playing the violin.
Anna Scott: Yes – happiness isn’t happiness without a violin-playing goat.”

~ From Notting Hill (1999) written by Richard Curtis

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“It gives me strength, almost unbelievable strength, to know that you are there. I covet your eyes, your ears, the collapsible space between us. How blessed are we to have each other? I am alive and you are alive and so we must fill the air with our words.”
~ Dave Eggers, What Is the What

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“The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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“Take my hand
‘Cause we’re walking out of here
Oh, right out of here
Love is all we need here

The space between
What’s wrong and right
Is where you’ll find me hiding, waiting for you
The space between
Your heart and mine
Is the space we’ll fill with time
The space between…”

~ “The Space Between” by Dave Matthews Band, Everyday

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“Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.

I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down
in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language
– even the phrase “each other” –
do not make any sense.”

Jalalud’din Rumi (1207-1273), The Essential Rumi

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“’Listen. The more men you’ve had, the more I love you. Do you understand that?’
’Yes, perfectly.’
’I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don’t want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.
’Well then, I ought to suit you, dear. I’m corrupt to the bones.’”

~ George Orwell, 1984

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Rime Riche

by Monica Ferrell

You need me like ice needs the mountain
On which it breeds. Like print needs the page.
You move in me like the tongue in a mouth,
Like wind in the leaves of summer trees,
Gust-fists, hollow except for movement and desire
Which is movement. You taste me the way the claws
Of a pigeon taste that window-ledge on which it sits,
The way water tastes rust in the pipes it shuttles through
Beneath a city, unfolding and luminous with industry.
Before you were born, the table of elements
Was lacking, and I as a noble gas floated
Free of attachment. Before you were born,
The sun and the moon were paper-thin plates
Some machinist at his desk merely clicked into place.

~ “Rime Riche” by Monica Ferrell, Beasts for the Chase: Poems

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“I know that you’ve heard this before,
I know that your patience has run thin,
And these love poems are getting boring.”

 ~ “Doing it Wrong” (full text) by Alysia Harris & Miles Hodges

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“I will love you until the chances of us running into one another slip from slim to zero, and until your face is fogged by distant memory, and your memory faced by distant fog, and your fog memorized by a distant face, and your distance distanced by the memorized memory of a foggy fog. I will love you no matter where you go and who you see, no matter where you avoid and who you don’t see, and no matter who sees you avoiding where you go. I will love you no matter what happens to you, and no matter how I discover what happens to you, and no matter what happens to me as I discover this, and now matter how I am discovered after what happens to me as I am discovering this.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters

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“I want that love that moved mountains. I want that love that split the oceans. I want that love that made the winds tremble. I want that love that roared like thunders. I want that love that will rise the dead. I want that love that lift us to ecstasy. I want that love that is the silence of eternity.” ~ Jalalud’din Rumi (1207-1273), The Essential Rumi

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“. . . and I looked and looked at her and knew clearly as I know I am to die, that I loved her more than anything I had ever seen or imagined on earth, or hoped for anywhere else.” ~ Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

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“Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to,
And love leaves exactly when love must.
When love arrives, say, “Welcome. Make yourself comfortable.”
If love leaves, ask her to leave the door open behind her.
Turn off the music, listen to the quiet, whisper,
“Thank you for stopping by.”

~ “When Love Arrives” (full text) by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye

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A special treat this week as we each offer you our own take on the Love Song Playlist via YouTube. We hope you enjoy! Have a favorite love quote, poem or song? Let us know in the comments.

Jennie’s:

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and Christy’s:

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33 comments

  1. Woke up this Saturday morning wanting to hear some ‘Retha. Thought I’d share. Appreciate ya.

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    1. Hey Whistler! It’s great to see you over here, friend. Hope you’ve been doing well and that the holiday spirit is upon you and yours.

      Every day is made better by Aretha, thank you! I was going to include “Chain of Fools” in my playlist, but decided that may be a bit snarky, haha.

      So for you… how about some Nina and Otis for your Saturday morning?

      We appreciate you too–thanks for the comment and tune, keep ’em coming!
      Christy & Jennie

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      1. Hey Christy. Nice to hear from you. Hope you’re good. Sorry for the delay, had to slip into the city today. Thanks for the tunes. I’ve always enjoyed this one.

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        1. Wow, that’s awesome. I never knew she did a version, you come up with the best finds.

          Chills….
          Thank you! (hope the city trip was fun. I went “to town” a few days ago after our ice storm. Madness, I tell ya, madness. Everyone and their brother had the same idea.)

          Ya know sometimes baby I’m so carefree
          With a joy that’s hard to hide
          And then sometimes it seems again that all I have is worry
          And then you’re bound to see my other side

          But I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
          Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

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          1. Evening Christy. I this cover of The Tragically Hip’s “Courage” by Sarah Polley . Listening to a variety of stuff tonight while testing out some new oils. Hope you don’t mind.

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          2. Are you kidding, Whistler? I never mind (neither does Jennie)! I love when you share tunes with us!

            I don’t know much about Sarah Polley, but dude, she has a really sweet and calming voice. Reminds me a little of Alison Krauss, who I was listening to earlier today.

            Oils? … Painter? Mechanic? Aromatherapist? 🙂

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          3. What I wouldn’t give to see Alison, Vince, and Taylor do a whole show in an acoustic setting like this…

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    2. Okay, okay… couldn’t resist the ‘Retha. Remember the dance scene from Michael? Looks like Tae-bo in slow motion from :50 – :59 😀

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      1. Don’t know much about Sarah except this cover and that she is a Canadian actor. You’re right she does sound like Ms. Krauss.

        Didn’t mean to be ambiguous, oil paint. I like wrenching on the bikes when they need it and if I can do it but in this case I am starting a new canvas (board actually) and was procrastinating more than anything. All the early thinking stuff has been done but this one will require a lot of prep / drawing and I’ve been putting it off. It’s a warm and gloomy dusk here with rain promised tomorrow so I’m out of excuses. I’m gridding the thing off now. Listening to this album has always been good for getting me off high center. Hope your evening goes well. Say hey to Jennie. Merry Christmas to ya’ll.

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        1. Santana… Nice!

          No more puttering around, my friend, get to work! (I say from the sofa as I stuff another Frito in my mouth, haha.)

          Good luck on the new piece, sounds very intricate. I’m gonna have to nickname you Picasso.

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  2. Running From the Booze · ·

    I LOVE that movie!!!!!!

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    1. Hey Running! How you doing? So good to see you–hope your hiatus is going well and your batteries are recharging. I’m looking forward to getting back to RoS after the new year starts.

      Jennie actually suggested the movie when we thought about the elements series; I had forgotten about it, though I loved Milla in it, and Chris Tucker OMG. That opera scene was one of my favorites…

      Thanks for stopping by! Muah!
      Christy & Jennie

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  3. “What’s the point of saving life when I see what you do with it?”

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    1. “You’re right, but there are lots of good things, beautiful things.”
      😀

      Have a wonderful weekend, hope it’s not snowing too badly. Stay safe — and warm! ❤
      Christy & Jennie

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  4. Every single time I’ve fallen in love, its come with the question “What do I have to lose?”…if the answer came back “Everything”…I was all in.
    Beautiful post, ladies. I loves love.

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    1. Hello, Cayman! I hope you’re having a great weekend! You’re not really loving if you don’t have anything to lose, are you? I like how you go about love. As I was reading your comment it brought to mind cummings poem, Love is a Place.

      love is a place
      & through this place of
      love move
      (with brightness of peace)
      all places

      yes is a world
      & in this world of
      yes live
      (skilfully curled)
      all worlds

      We’re glad you loves love! 🙂 – Jennie & Christy

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  5. whiteladyinthehood · ·

    I have really enjoyed reading your series on the elements. I think you two ladies collaborate well together! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next! Have a great weekend.

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    1. We are very glad to know you’ve enjoyed the series, we’ve really had fun putting them together for you all!

      I’m getting to look at the world covered in snow and my daughter leaving her mark in it, so my weekend is going great 🙂 I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend as well! – Jennie & Christy

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  6. Just came across this the other day – I LOVE Pooh wisdom! I tried to capture only the last frame, we’ll see if it worked! Another lovely, job, ladies 🙂

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    1. OK, so the last frame is static so you can see the quote I wanted to share, and I hoped that the clip would just pick up from there, but I also see that if you press play it gives the whole thing! Oh well, I learned something!.:)

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      1. Hi Colleen! “You don’t spell it … you feel it” Perfect! Thank you for sharing that, and the whole video even if you were just trying to put that last quote, I enjoyed watching them all Pooh and the gang always have good things to say 🙂 I hadn’t even realized you could post portions of videos instead of the whole thing (I never looked past the link to copy 😉 ) so I learned something too! Hope you’re having a great week! ~ Jennie & Christy

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  7. Ahhh…sigh. Just wonderful…AGAIN! I often read your compilation with the subconcious thought to search and find my favorite passage. I devoured each entry through with equal enthusiasm and decided that I’ll have to read it many times more to ever be able decide. Forever a hopeless romantic, I’ll be jotting down several lines for my own journal. The first one will be, “I swear that when our lips touch I can taste the next sixty years of my life.” My hubby would give me an embarrassed laugh should I ever drop this note under his pillow…but he’d know it was true, too. Thank you ladies!!
    michelle

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    1. There’s nothing wrong with being a helpless romantic, I think there’s enough of us to form a club really 😉 So far my favorite quote from this week is Richard Curtis’: “happiness isn’t happiness without a violin-playing goat.”, it’s been stuck in my head making me smile. Of course I have goats, so that could be part of why it stuck with me! Hope you’re having a fantabulous week, Michelle! 🙂 ~ Jennie & Christy

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      1. Seeing you with goats makes me smile, too!
        Have a fantastic rest of the week, ladies. Can’t wait to see what’s up next!

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  8. I may have more to add later, because this LOVE post is nice and dense- but have to share that the Notting Hill dialogue had me cracking up. I saw the movie years ago, but do not recall that scene – anyhow, whew, so funny – and like duhhhhh…. it is clear now, of course, “happiness isn’t happiness without a violin-playing goat.”

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    1. Haha! I just mentioned in another comment that the “violin-playing goat” was my favorite quote in this weekends Words! I tried to find the scene on youtube but no such luck, and I thought you could find anything on youtube! We’re glad you enjoyed it, feel free to add more of you thoughts anytime 🙂 ~ Jennie & Christy

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    2. Happy weekend, Y, so glad you stopped by to see the Chagall. 🙂 I’m sorry for my delayed response, I’ve been traveling and Jennie and I both comment freely around here.

      I want to watch Notting Hill again, Hugh and Julia were so cute together. “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her…” Awwwwwww. Oh and remember Hugh’s roommate? Answering the door in his underwear? I laugh just thinking about it.

      There’s a song I love by The Weepies called “Painting by Chagall”. I’ll find it and edit it in to this comment:

      Thank you for visiting (here and at RoS)! Grateful for you, c

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  9. I heard that Rudy Francisco poem for the first time earlier this week. I was very excited to see the words typed out here because the video I saw cut off the first few lines.
    This post was wonderful! I was alternating between laughing and being awestruck. I’m so glad I got to read this

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    1. Hi Heather! Thanks so much for commenting, I’m glad Rudy led you to us. When I read his poem, I literally got goosebumps and said to my partner here, Jennie, “we HAVE to use this! No matter what!” Then when I found the YouTube clip, I felt like a kid at an all you can eat candy buffet–jackpot!

      “You see I’d write about your eyelashes and how they are like violin strings that play symphonies every time you blink.”

      Sigh…. So beautiful.
      Thanks again Heather, hope to see you again some weekend 🙂
      Christy (and Jennie)

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      1. It is so beautiful, I completely agree.

        And actually, Rudy didn’t lead me here, that was just a major bonus. Theclocktowersunset recommended this post to me, and I’m very glad he did!

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        1. Oh, that’s even more awesome! I’m a big fan of CTS’s work; I’m flattered he mentioned us. I’ll be sure to thank him. 🙂

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  10. […] 90. Love.  Technically it isn’t an element but artistically, humanly, love is very much an element.  What would the world be without it? What would art, music, poetry be without love’s influence? The ups and downs, the fullness and the pain, the joy and the sorrow? Earth can ground us, air can uplift us, fire can burn within us, and water can soothe us, but love … “the greatest of these is love.” Love is not only worth saving — love can save us in the end. (words for the weekend) […]

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