Happy Valentine’s Day

A Map of the World ~Ted Kooser

One of the ancient maps of the world
is heart-shaped, carefully drawn
and once washed with bright colors,
though the colors have faded
as you might expect feelings to fade
from a fragile old heart, the brown map
of a life. But feeling is indelible,
and longing infinite, a starburst compass
pointing in all the directions
two lovers might go, a fresh breeze
swelling their sails, the future uncharted,
still far from the edge
where the sea pours into the stars.

 

I found this poem quite by accident this morning, in one of those circuitous blog explorations which I couldn’t retrace if my life depended upon it.   And I copied it inside my husband’s Valentine’s Day card,  because I loved so much this last bit…

But feeling is indelible,
and longing infinite, a starburst compass
pointing in all the directions
two lovers might go, a fresh breeze
swelling their sails, the future uncharted,
still far from the edge
where the sea pours into the stars.

We’ve had 35 Valentine’s Days, my husband and I, and in recent years have barely taken notice of  its passing.   Kooser’s words here remind me that feelings needn’t fade from our “fragile old hearts,” that  we still can follow the “starburst compass pointing in all directions,” can sail off on a fresh breeze with our future uncharted. 

Here’s to opening the map, smoothing out the creases, and setting our faces to the wind.

Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

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