"Love is my religion," said Keats, "I could die for that."
Although some think of Valentine's day as only relating to romantic love, I've always seen it as an opportunity to celebrate all forms of affection and connection. You have your eros, sure-- that adrenaline (or more precisely androgen and estrogen, dopamine and norepherine) fueled state. But there's also attachment based love, which biochemically speaking is more driven by oxytocin, and it needs its nourishment as well. Here's a few inspirational sources featuring the L word to drive your Love Train. Not all are sweetness and light, but then, the course of true love never did run smooth, right?
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, short stories by Raymond Carver
Love is a Dog from Hell, poems by Charles Bukowski
A Natural History of Love, by journalist/poet Diane Ackerman (nonfiction)
Love in the Ruins, Walker Percy's 1970s satire of American Culture
Twenty Poems of Love and A Song of Despair, poetry by Pablo Neruda
A General Theory of Love, by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lanin-- three psychiatrists look at love from a social and neurophysical perspective
Love is a Verb, by Gary Chapman-- a practical self-help book on bringing back gracious kindness to relationship
Love Train, The O'Jays
Love Shack, The B52s
Love Potion Number Nine: The Searchers
Poems too numerous to mention, but here are three good sources and one poem to seed you:
Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac
Joe Riley's Panhala.net
merely my fourth will cure the laziest self of weary the hugest sea of shore so far your nearness reaches a lucky fifth of you turns people into eachs and cowards into grow our can'ts were born to happen our mosts have died in more our twentieth will open wide a wide open door we are so both and oneful night cannot be so sky sky cannot be so sunful i am through you so
"it is better to break one's heart
than to do nothing with it," said writer margaret kennedy
"nothing exists that so fills the heart and binds it as love"
"if you love others, you will be loved. perhaps tomorrow, perhaps in
a thousand years, but you will be loved. nature must pay off the
debt...it is a mathematical law, and all life is mathematics."
"love makes even asses dance."
And finally, this sweet video of All You Need is Love, which yes I have posted before--
Happy Valentine's Day!