Happy Valentine’s Week! Yes, week! Why not? This poem is a good example of my feelings about Valentine’s Day. It’s probably one of the most beautiful, romantic poems ever written; it certainly is so as far as the English language goes. But to me, it’s not limited to the romantic. It brings to my mind good, sweet people I know and love. I hope it does the same for you.
She Walks in Beauty
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies.
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes,
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less
Had half-impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress
Or softly lightens o’er her face
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.
And on that cheek and o’er that brow
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow
And tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.
George Gordon, Lord Byron
Surely, the past, present, and future connect in this miraculous state we call life. In this light, history and all human experience are ever-present. Wouldn't it be nice, then, if we could enjoy each other, if we could appreciate and celebrate our differences? Let us love! Let us have fun. Let us toast each other and wish each other well. Now, in our awareness, is the time to be happy, to do our best, to live fully to our purest, highest standards.