Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ode To Girls

I love girls. Particularly, my two girls but in the broader sense I just love girls. You may take issue with the fact that I use the term “girls” as opposed to “women”, but every woman has a girl inside. It’s that girlish sensibility I adore. That impish twinkle in their eyes, the squeal they make when something great has just happened or results in extreme happiness, a box of chocolates for example.

I love the way they dangle their pump at the end of their foot. I love the way girls bring one foot behind the other and tilt it akimbo. This usually happens when they’re standing in front of a mirror, but could happen in the kitchen looking over a cookbook.

Most of my friends are girls…

And I’m okay with that.

I don’t relate all that well to guys, I mean I can do the sports talk, and all that but I just prefer to be around girls. Listen to their conversations, gossip, etc. It is just so much more aesthetically pleasing to be around girls than men, face it.

I love painted toenails.

I love to hear the girls laughing from the bistro downstairs when I’m sitting on the balcony.

Thank God for girls.

Here’s something for all the girls in the world.

Your Laughter

Take bread away from me, if you wish,
take air away, but
do not take from me your laughter.

Do not take away the rose,
the lance flower that you pluck,
the water that suddenly
bursts forth in joy,
the sudden wave
of silver born in you.

My struggle is harsh and I come back
with eyes tired
at times from having seen
the unchanging earth,
but when your laughter enters
it rises to the sky seeking me
and it opens for me all
the doors of life.

My love, in the darkest
hour your laughter
opens, and if suddenly
you see my blood staining
the stones of the street,
laugh, because your laughter
will be for my hands
like a fresh sword.

Next to the sea in the autumn,
your laughter must raise
its foamy cascade,
and in the spring, love,
I want your laughter like
the flower I was waiting for,
the blue flower, the rose
of my echoing country.

Laugh at the night,
at the day, at the moon,
laugh at the twisted
streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy
boy who loves you,
but when I open
my eyes and close them,
when my steps go,
when my steps return,
deny me bread, air,
light, spring,
but never your laughter
for I would die.

Pablo Neruda

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