I have many favorite poets that I turn to when I need some general life inspiration, but Khalil Gibran always seems to tug at my heart strings first. Perhaps it’s because it brings back nostalgic memories of reading Khalil Gibran poetry with my best friend, Lauren, when she was living in Flagstaff, or because his words always seem to resonate with what I’m processing through at that particular time that I’m reading something of his. Whatever the case, when I was with Rox and Fer for their session, getting to know their personalities and a bit of their story reminded me of one of Gibran’s poems and I would like to share that today.
“…let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
Rox and Fer really are the living example of this poem. They have a unique and incredibly profound and love for each other which is inspiring and lovely to see. As the poem suggests, they “make not a bond of love”, which is rigid and inflexible, but rather they “let there be spaces in their togetherness” which allows for flexibility, movement, support, respect and a sense of self.
Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Even though the setting was beautiful, the light was dreamy, the outfits were stellar… what was perfect, was the way these two looked at each other. The way they enjoyed and sat in stillness for a few moments before erupting in laughter. The way she smiled at him and the way he smiled back. These two were nothing but sincere joy and love. I leave you all with some of my favorite images from that session and hope you enjoy!
I hope you couldn’t stop smiling, because I sure couldn’t after scrolling back. Looking forward to another sweetheart session I have tomorrow with a seriously awesome couple and I’ll be blogging this Wednesday about a session I had last week, so stay tuned!!