Ways People Express True Love
People Love to Declare Love
Falling and being in love is one of the greatest emotions that a person can feel. Lovers want to shout their feelings from rooftops, to let the whole world know what they have found. And if lovers are parted, their grief is just as intense, and they also need to express their feelings. Different people have different gifts, and express themselves in whatever medium best suits their talents, whether it is an individual person, a group of people, or a whole city of people. Let us take a look at how people have shared their feelings about love.
In Love Forever
The Taj Mahal
One of the greatest and well known monuments to love is the Taj Mahal, in Agra, India. Shah Jahan, a 17th century emperor, created this huge marble mausoleum and garden for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died while giving birth to their 14th child. It took twenty two years to build this amazing building, utilizing thousands of craftsmen to make intricate inlays, bas reliefs and add accents of precious stones. The tomb is dome topped, featuring Islamic minarets, Persian and Hindu influences, and elaborately carved prayers. The fancy tomb is actually a decoy, the Shah and Mumtaz, his favorite wife, are buried together in a plain, inner chamber facing Mecca.
The Taj Mahal
Gardens of Forgiveness
Sometimes individuals or communities wish to create a lovely place where nature is the background for reflecting on love. The Garden of Forgiveness, in Beirut, Lebanon, is such a place, as is the Garden of Forgiveness initiative at Ground Zero in New York City. These gardens are designated peaceful places where we can acknowledge the hurt that can befall us, as human beings, as individuals, or communities, then choose to make the world a little better by refusing to reciprocate violence for violence. Gardening can be very healing, and also an act of love. It can be so soothing to have a quiet place to go to where one can consider what is important in life.
Two Gardens of Forgiveness
Boldt Castle, on Heart Island in the Thousand Island region of New York State, is another monument to love, found on a heart shaped island. George C. Boldt, proprietor of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, built this castle for his wife, Louise. The work began in 1900, with over 300 carpenters, stonemasons and artisans who built the six story, 120 room castle. It has turrets, a drawbridge, gardens, and a dove cote. Sadly, Louise died and George halted construction. The family never returned to the island and the property was abandoned. Then the Thousand Island Bridge Authority launched a restoration project. This writer has had the opportunity to visit Boldt Castle, and even has a little piece of the brick left over from some of the rubble.
El Beso, Lima, Peru
There is a larger than life sculpture in the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru, entitled El Beso, or The Kiss. It is framed by fabulous views of the Pacific. This monument of love depicts sculptor Victor of Delphin and his wife embracing, and was unveiled when the park opened on Valentine’s Day in 1993. According to local tradition, the mayor holds a kissing contest each year to see which couple can hold the identical pose the longest. They are declared the winners!
El Beso Sculpture, Peru
A Love Lost
The Moody Blues were a popular band in the 1960s.They wrote and sang many songs about the mysteries of life and the mysteries of love. This song is sung by Justin Hayward, and this writer was unable to find it on any Moody Blues album. It turned out to be from a live production of War of the Worlds, quite some time ago, narrated by Richard Burton. The song is bittersweet, and my so very loved, but late husband, always liked it because Autumn was our favorite time of year. We married in Autumn.
In the War of the Worlds story, he finds her after all. In our story,we found each other, and enjoyed 39 great years, but for whatever reasons, now it's my time to go forward alone. But I know we will find each other again too.
A Sonnet About a True Love
Shakespeare said it best when he talks about true love, being an ever-fixed mark, which doesn't alter when it alteration finds. In this writer's humble opinion, people don't take vows of love very seriously anymore. People talk the talk, but don't walk the walk.
When my husband and I got married, our rather shy Best Man surprised us by reading this piece as the toast. I've loved it ever since.
Love Statue, Philadelphia, PA
The Love Statue is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city of Brotherly Love. It is one of the most well known landmarks in the city. Robert Indiana made the statue which stands in John F. Kennedy Plaza, north west of City Hall. It was installed there in 1976, and briefly taken down for a time. But soon is was put back in place in 1978, brought back by popular demand. Now it has become an icon.
Philadelphia's Love Statue
Get a Loveland Postmark
The city of Loveland, Colorado is also a very romantic place. You can send a Valentine Card there just to get the Loveland postage mark put on it, if you get your card there in time! That way your message of love bears that romantic postmark. The city also holds a Valentine Snow Sculpture in the Dark contest each year. If you want to attend, visit www. Visitlovelandco.org/
Proclaim Your Love
So there are all kinds of ways to proclaim your love or your lost love to the world. It can be done on a grand scale, like the monuments, or on a smaller scale, like the poems or songs. But when it comes to love, it seems that nobody wants to keep their feelings to themselves. So go ahead, and shout it from the rooftops!
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