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

A Garden of Forgiveness at Ground Zero in New York City, NY
A Garden of Forgiveness at Ground Zero in New York City, NY | Source
A Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut, Lebanon
A Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut, Lebanon | Source

Boldt Castle

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.

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle on Heart Island
Boldt Castle on Heart Island | Source

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

Victor Delfin liked to experiment with all kinds of materials in his sculptures
Victor Delfin liked to experiment with all kinds of materials in his sculptures | Source

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.

Forever Autumn

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

A person cannot think of Philadelphia without thinking of the LOVE statue (or cheesesteaks)
A person cannot think of Philadelphia without thinking of the LOVE statue (or cheesesteaks) | Source

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/

Loveland, Colorado

Get your Valentine postmarked from "Loveland" and enjoy seeing "the gateway to the Rockies."
Get your Valentine postmarked from "Loveland" and enjoy seeing "the gateway to the Rockies." | Source

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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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello manatita44,

Thanks for your kind comments and enthusiastic attitude about love. Why not shout it from the rooftops? Take care.

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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Shout from the rooftops yes, and in the canvass of the Mona Lisa or the chiselled silouette of a damsel in waiting ...

I like the sculptures and the garden of forgiveness idea. Great and famous sites.

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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello DDE,

Thanks for reading and commenting. I wrote this hub at a bad time in my life, and wanted to find a few more expressions of love. I may come back to fix it up, it's a bit choppy, I think. Nice to see you!

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great ways to express love and happiness the places are so ideal

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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Thanks Nell. My husband and I were always big Moody Blues fans, and when we first heard Forever Autumn, didn't realize where it came from. He was a War of the Worlds fan too, and was particularly excited to find the song he liked was part of a story he liked too.

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi Jean, this was beautiful, and the Forever Autumn song is my favorite as I am a huge War of the worlds fan so have heard it many times. I am so sorry for your loss, and hope you and your son are okay, sending hugs to you, nell

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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Jamie,

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I wanted to find more buildings and statues devoted to love or the loss of a great love, but there are so many, I had to stop at some point! I may go back and revise though. Take care.

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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

What amazing and beautiful expressions of love you have found. Thank you. Jamie

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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Audrey,

Thank you for your prayers and kindness. I knew Valentine's Day would hit hard, my husband always celebrated in style. I am finding it helps me to write and use some creative energy.

We are slowly adapting to the new normal. Sometimes I feel OK for a day, others are really hard. I know it will be this way for at least a year, and that you never really get "closure" when someone you love dies. I did lose my Dad at the same age our son is, and we are close, so I am able to understand what his grief is like. It's for the same person, but not the same kind of relationship. I'm really glad he's still living at home right now, but am being careful not to overburden him. All the snow we've had in NJ is doing that.

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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Jean. These are splendrous dedications of love, and the photos show the splendor. What a loving narrative to write at this time in your life. I hope your weather is better and that you and your son are coping as best you can. We all love you here and I think of you often. Pinning hub with my prayers. Blessings. Audrey

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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Hi Jean. That Moody Blues song has always stirred me. I love it yet I fear it in a strange kind of way. I've played it repeatedly on your video link and the decades melt away.

I enjoyed this hub immensely. Voted up +++ and shared. :)

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luvtoowrite 2 years ago from Chicago, IL

True romance that never dies. I love reading articles like this with Valentine's Day coming up. In a way, it makes one a bit melancholy, especially after reading about the Emperor, Shah Jahan, and the never ending love he had for his wife.

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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Jo,

Thanks so much. It feels better when I write. It's the first Valentine's Day I'll be alone since I was 18. Yikes! Almost 40 yrs.

How is the snow by you? It's keeping me from doing so much, and we have over a foot today. The road is one lane, and while it's pretty in good weather, I never planned on living here so long. It was one of those "agree to disagree" things with Louie.

If you ever get a chance to go to Philadelphia, it's really cool. It's less frantic than NY. Talk soon.

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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

So good to see you writing again! :-) This was just beautiful, interesting and I loved it! I have lived In Pa most of my life.

And I never knew Philly had the Love momument.

go figure~! :-)

Shared, tweet & up and sending you bunches of sisterly love your way. :-)

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