I think of the many things that bring me joy, (and there are many) such as the raising of my two boys, spending time with family and friends, working in the vineyards, planting vegetables in the garden, biking the back country roads, writing my blog, seeing the first rose, and making our Nicolas Alexander Meritage wine. This helps me through the harder times in life.
I also love, equally as much, fine literature–a poignant poem or an excellent story to help me live a more grounded, purposeful and meaningful life.
Righlty used, words become a lyrical language, like a hummingbird resting on a branch, a cat napping on the porch, a soft rain falling on the grass, the moon rising over the evening. Words are music to my ears, salve to my wounds, comfort to my soul, joy to my heart. There is nothing like an excellent story to make me think, make me feel and fall hard. Hemingway‘s shortest story, comes to mind.
“For sale: Baby’s shoes. Never worn.”
Here, he communicates so much pain in very few words.
As for poetry, I love the poems that make me want to dance, laugh, and tread lightly upon this earth. As we approach the summer months, The Summer of Love, by Antonio Machado comes to mind.
The Summer of Love
I declare this the Summer of Love, I declare this the Summer of Dreams, I declare this the Summer when no one will stop laughing, except to smile. When no one will stop dreaming, except to sleep. The Summer of no watches because there is nothing but now. The Summer of no wallets because everything of value is free. The summer when men become women and women become men. The Summer during which no one wears underwear. The Summer of pure feeling. And the Summer in which everything… Everything has meaning. I declare this the Summer of Love. The Summer of Now. The eternal Summer. The mythical Summer. The Summer we will always remember on behalf of us all. I declare this the Summer of Love. The Summer that starts now and lasts forever.
Now, that’s a poem that makes me feel like these dangling hearts, where their very essence is joy.