Poems to Kindle Your Fire

& Spark Desire

February 1, 2018  •   2 min read


 

We’re literary buffs over here, and the only thing better than a good book, is a love poem. With our attention on love, empathy, and giving this month, we’ve rounded up some of the most stirring poems and poets, ones that kindle our inner fires. With poetry being the universal language of our hearts, it has the ability to stretch far beyond a compilation of words and root itself deeply. We’re opening up this space for you to determine what areas of your life are most sparked by desire when tuning in to the allure of these carefully chosen words. Perhaps it is love for another being, love for yourself, or an undetermined love.

 

Celebrating wordsmiths of both times past and of modern day, it’s comforting to see that while some wrote on the backs of envelopes, and others share their work on Instagram, the human condition remains mostly unchanged. The collection below is best read cozy in bed, with some wine, and perhaps a comfy shoulder to lean on.

 

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Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

One of America’s greatest and most original poets, Emily Dickinson challenged the norm by freeing expression from its conventional limitations. A literary mind with the ability to see and write that which was not yet realized, she made the abstract tangible, knowing that poetry had the power to both liberate and shake a person to their core.

 

“You left me, sweet, two legacies, –
A legacy of love
A Heavenly Father would content,
Had He the offer of;

You left me boundaries of pain
Capacious as the sea,
Between eternity and time,
Your consciousness and me.”

 

 

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

Though seen as a sensation in Chile, Pablo Neruda has only recently gained North American popularity, largely due to his ardency for communism.  With his metaphorical prose, he blends together his own love affairs with the southern Chilean wilderness, navigating the cosmic realm of a woman by likening her with the universe.

 

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”

 

 

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

An American poet, storyteller, activist, feminist, and autobiographer, Maya Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama for her political and literary works. Rather than poetical virtue, Maya Angelou sought social justice, and her words are strong with spirit.

 

“Your skin like dawn
Mine like musk
One paints the beginning
of a certain end.
The other, the end of a
sure beginning.”

 

Rumi (1208-1273)

A 13th-century Sufi mystic and Persian poet, Rumi is well-known for his works, which he soulfully layers with meaning. His poetry transcends time, place and culture, and help us to look within to find beauty and significance in the every day.

 

“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

 Lovers do not finally meet somewhere,
they are in each other all along.”

 

Nayyirah Waheed

A pioneer of the modern underground world of “Insta-poetry”, Nayyirah Waheed shares little of her personal life. She began writing at the age of 11, and her works revolve around the themes of love, identity, race, feminism, and human connection. Flowing into the modern era of poetry, Nayyirah Waheed, along with other notable Instagram poets like Rupi Kaur, Nikita Gill, and Lang Leav, offers prose in short, digestible bites that leave you in a wash of emotion.

 

“’as you are.’ says the universe.
‘after…’ you answer.
‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘before…’ you answer.
‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘when…’ you answer.
‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘how…’ you answer.
‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘why…’ you answer.
‘because
you are happening now.
right now.
right at this moment
and
your happening
is beautiful.
the thing that both keeps me alive
and
brings me to my knees.
you don’t even know how breathtaking you
are.
‘as you are.’ says the universe through tears.”


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