We asked LMNOP contributing photographer, Monika Elena to share with us how she celebrates Valentines day. “Every year I attempt a poem for my husband and now that I have a two year-old daughter, cupcakes are a must!” says Monika. “To me Valentines is a fabulous excuse to celebrate more love. I mean who can have too much love in this chaotic world? I am a big poetry fan … here’s one of my favorite poems by Pablo Neruda.”
Love Sonnet LXXXIX
When I die, I want your hands on my eyes:
I want the light and the wheat of your beloved hands
to pass their freshness over me once more:
I want to feel the softness that changed my destiny.
I want you to live while I wait for you, asleep.
I want your ears still to hear the wind, I want you
to sniff the sea’s aroma that we loved together,
to continue to walk on the sand we walk on.
I want what I love to continue to live,
and you whom I love and sang above everything else
to continue to flourish, full-flowered:
so that you can reach everything my love directs you to,
so that my shadow can travel along in your hair,
so that everything can learn the reason for my song.