Thursday, September 06, 2007

Coincidence or Destiny?

I bought some nice tasty chocolate today in my favorite flavor: Dark Cherry Almond. In France I could find the Lindt version of this flavor at certain times of the year, but I hadn't seen it at all in the US until I went to our local "Natural Market." It is so expensive that I buy it very rarely, but I went for it today. On the outside of the wrapper, it said, "Love Poetry Inside!!" I thought it was kind of weird, but also kind of neat.

When I got home, I unwrapped the chocolate and took a look at the love poetry. I was very surprised to find that the poem was Shelley's "Love's Philosophy"--the same poem that my cousin read during Jube's and my wedding! It's been about 10 months since we were married and the wedding is not often in my thoughts. What a nice reminder to receive (and even better, it came with chocolate).

Of course my memory was tainted when Jube said, "That's what she read? Who picked that?" Which, of course, prompted me to vigorously defend myself by pointing out that he had had final veto power over all of the points of the wedding, and then he had to defend himself by saying, "No, no, I'm not saying I don't like it. I do like it! I just don't remember it..." which then... but you don't care, do you? Just enjoy today's chocolatey love poetry:

Love's Philosophy, by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean;
The winds of heaven mix forever,
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle--
Why not I with thine?

See! the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower would be forgiven,
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea--
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

5 comments:

IslandGirl4Ever2 said...

What a LOVELY reminder of a wonderful day!!
Hi there.. I just found your blog while browsing and wanted to say hello!!! Take care, Leesa

Lady Iphigenia said...

Thanks for the treat! I love nicely written poetry.

Gem said...

Hi Leesa, thanks for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the reminder.

Lady Iphigenia, I really like this poem, and I was happy to find it somewhere else. I'm glad you like it too!

M said...

remember when we were waiting in line to see the radiohead concert in london, and that super annoying guy in front of us (what was his name? i can't remember!) was talking about getting his haircut like shelley's, and that other cool guy in line totally shut him down? that memory will stay with me forever...

Gem said...

Yes!! I also remember hearing people in front of us playing an impromptu trivia game to pass time...

"What is Thom's astrological sign?"

"Uhh... Well, I know his birthday, so let me think a second..."

And then the next day in Kensington Gardens we met those bourgeois friends of the guy following Radiohead around on tour!!