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Sonnet LXIX
Perhaps not to be is to be without your being,
without your going, that cuts noon light
like a blue flower, without your passing
later through fog and stones,
without the torch you lift in your hand
that others may not see as golden,
that perhaps no one believed blossomed
the glowing origin of the rose,
without, in the end, your being, your coming
suddenly, inspiringly, to know my life,
blaze of the rose-tree, wheat of the breeze:
and it follows that I am, because you are:
it follows from ‘you are’, that I am, and we:
and, because of love, you will, I will,
We will, come to be.

Copied from Poemhunter.

I’ve enrolled in another photography class with The Art League, a terrific little art school in Old Town Alexandria. I highly recommend it if you’re in the area. Each week we have a photo assignment. Last week’s assignment was “text”…incorporate it somehow in a photo. I’m not keen on using text in photos normally, because I like the challenge of trying to communicate via image. But, I really enjoyed the exercise and was happy that the result evolved into something very meaningful for me.

I chose Pablo Neruda’s “Sonnet LXIX” as inspiration for the assignment. Neruda was actually the pen name used by Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, a Chilean politician and Pulitzer Prize winning poet.  While “Sonnet LXIX” was supposedly written to a lover, I couldn’t help but see a broader interpretation of Neruda’s words that really struck me, one that I believe is a quintessential element of humanity: people need people. For whatever reason–love, security, guidance, inspiration, companionship–we all need each other, and without one another, we cease to be/thrive. This is what I attempted to portray in the assignment.

I choose a green, handwriting-style script as a nod to Neruda, who often wrote in green ink, which he saw as a personal symbol for desire and hope.

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