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Love speaks a universal language—what's yours?

Hello my World Pulse sisters,

Over the past five years I have been reading your journals, celebrating in your achievements, shedding tears for your pain and standing in awe and admiration for your unwavering courage to speak your truths and march a new world forward for women, our families and our communities, at home and together across the oceans and mountains.

I draw much strength, inspiration, knowledge and love from this community. Which is why I am turning to you all today as I prepare for a very important milestone in my life—my wedding.

I am marrying my love, Benjamin, this August. Surrounded by our families and loved ones we will proclaim our love to the world, and commit ourselves to one another as we build a life and family together as partners. We are marrying in our church, our temple—mother nature—and a dear friend is officiating the ceremony.

As we are piecing together the verses, I can't help but think of my World Pulse sisters and wonder what words, poems, or scriptures define love and marriage for you. I am always struck by the beauty of love poems that I've read here from friends in Nigeria, in Kashmir, in Afghanistan—revealing feelings or intentions that I have never before had words to express.

So I ask you to share with me your favorite verses—either those you have authored yourself or borrowed from your culture. I hope to draw inspiration from the language of love from your hearts, in your words, as I define mine.

Love,
Jade

Comments

I rejoice with you Beauty!! You stood by each and everyone of us.....May you live long, may your union be blessed and blissful.

Love from Nigeria...to you and your household, I will surely share some of my words with you :)

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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jadefrank's picture

love surrounds us

Thank you my sister! Your poems are some of my most favorite!

xoxo
Jade

William's picture

your upcoming marriage

My dear Jade, congratulations and best wishes. You have made change possible for so many women in the world, it's like you should be "Saint Jade." I know you will continue to follow the path you have been walking: sharing of your passion and joy and inspiring others to do the same.

I don't have a meaningful poem to share, but I will share what I've learned from my wife's and my 40 years together: don't sweat the small stuff, compromise and don't let the sun set on anger.

Blessings to you and Benjamin.
hugs,
William

pelamutunzi's picture

congrats

here are some of the quotes i have heard and believe
love takes two
love like you have never been hurt before
rudo ibofu (love is blind)

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest.
regards
pela

JaniceW's picture

Huge congrats

Having met Ben, I know that he is deserving of the love that you have within you and of the privilege to be your partner. I send you both my heartfelt congratulations, love and best wishes for the start of this new adventure together.

John O'Donoghue is a poet whose words have touched me profoundly. I thought you might enjoy these words on love:

“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”
― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

He also wrote this blessing to his mother, words that could apply to any loving relationship:

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

Starland's picture

Yayyy So happy for you!!

You cannot escape the forces of love,
Do not try,
Give yourself to love.
Become its prisoner and you will forever be free -
free from all that would hold you back.

Celebrating You!
K-lee

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

Celine's picture

So happy for you dear Jade--

So happy for you dear Jade-- my motivator! Regards to Benjamin-- the lucky man.

Jade, you are love personified. A look at you embodies love. You live it out. You practice it.
Your look and actions command and attract love.

Best in this journey and may GOD bless your marriage.

Celine

BUHENDWA NEEMA's picture

bien de te lire

bien de te lire

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