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whatsthatsound On February - 15 - 2011

Well, I missed Valentine’s Day by a bit, but here is some poetry and artwork of mine on the theme of eternal love. More specifically, both song and image were inspired by an archeological discovery a few years back in Italy, wonderfully ironically not far from the village where Romeo and Juliet was set. 7000 years ago a man and woman were buried together in the passionate embrace depicted above. You may all recall seeing or hearing about this before. More information can be found here:

http://www.archaeology.org/0801/abstracts/valdaro.html

Endless Embrace
I remember the time when you and me

walked for miles to reach the sea

we stood and stared at water so wide

we couldn’t see to the other side

I said our love was just like that

You pulled me forward and said through a laugh

let’s be careful then, that we don’t drown in it

we swam out as far as we could

and made love out in the deep blue

I was one with the sun and the salt and the sky,

and with you

and we knew that our love was endless

we knew that our love was everything

we gathered it up into our own sacred space

out where dolphins swam

I remember the day, and oh how you cried

as they led you away from your father’s side

and you came to live with me and my tribe

I swore to you then as I swear to you now

to give everything that I am, to somehow

mean more to you than all that you left behind

And I swore that our love would be endless

and I swore that our love was, to me, everything

you looked up at me with a trusting face

and then we began our endless embrace

through the years our love’s grown strong

we’ve shed our tears, we’ve sang our songs

you’ve been my legs when the road was long

some far off day, when the Milky Way

has fallen down from the sky to the ground

they’ll find our remains, linked together

and though our bodies will have turned to stone

they’ll know our love hasn’t died, but has grown

let me hold you like that now, like it’s forever

and they’ll know that our love was endless

they’ll know that our love was everything

we gathered it up into our own sacred space

and lived, as we died, in an endless embrace

Written by whatsthatsound

Writer, Illustrator, Curmudgeon. Ferret Owner. Tokyoite, formerly Ohioan. Much nicer in person.

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  1. whatsthatsound says:

    Here is someone else’s interesting tribute to the “Valdero Lovers”


  2. KQuark says:

    One of these days WTS I’m gonna publish a coffee table book with your posts and artwork. Don’t worry I’ll give you the customary 2% like any corporate pimp. 😉

  3. Questinia says:

    What can I say but “that’s my whatsie”.

  4. jkkFL says:

    Beautiful and haunting.
    We should all be so Blessed..
    Thank you.

  5. KQuark says:

    I showed my wife the painting and we both thought about the couples frozen forever in the volcano at Pompeii. What an incredibly romantic way to be cast for centuries.

    • whatsthatsound says:

      Yeah. People don’t know the story behind this particular couple. Very long ago, well before Pompeii. But I chose to interpret it as a tribal prince, as the elaborate planning of the pose suggests a person of importance.

  6. KQuark says:

    How beautifully dark and romantic.

  7. Buddy McCue says:

    Wow! I love that painting.

  8. ghsts says:

    Powerful piece, you’ve got an awesome take on love to be inspired in such a way, keep the positive vibes coming.

  9. SueInCa says:

    WTS

    What a beautiful ode to the couple. After looking at your (watercolor?) the ode just sprang to life. I could see that couple years ago standing on the edge of the sea. Just wonderful.

    • whatsthatsound says:

      Thanks a lot, Sue. I was trying to imagine the whole poem from a pre-modern person’s eyes, and how strange the ocean would have appeared to people back then who were seeing it for the first time.

      • SueInCa says:

        WTS you did a wonderful job. BTW is it a watercolor? I am not an artist in that media.

        • whatsthatsound says:

          It’s done on watercolor paper in sepia ink, Payne’s gray watercolor, and gesso. Just those three.
          Do you paint, Sue?

          • SueInCa says:

            WTS -- NO, but my husband, son and grandson are all artists. My grandson is just starting but he is already very good. I make jewelry and have quite the extensive studio plus I work with poly clay to make beads and jewelry pieces.

  10. Abbyrose86 says:

    That brought a tear to my eye.

  11. LisaDi9 says:

    Breathless…
    Thank you for your art and beautiful poem

  12. islandleogirl says:

    Whatsthatsound -- thank you so very much for sharing your impressive artwork and absolutely lovely poetry! Being a hopeful romantic I thoroughly enjoyed both!!!!

    Happy Post Valentine’s Day to all my wonderful friends!

  13. Mightywoof says:

    Every time I read your work and see your art I think you cannot astonish me any more than you have …….. and then you post something else and I’m proved wrong.

    I don’t think I’ve been as moved by a poem in a long, long time WTS and, as wonderful as your art is, your words truly touched the romantic in my soul -- and at my ripe old age it takes a lot to do that :)

    As I read through to the end I thought ‘where’s the poet’s name -- who wrote it?’ ……… my Dog man, is there no end to your talent!!!!!! How can us mere mortals ever pick up pen or brush again?

    • whatsthatsound says:

      Aw shucks, MW, when you write like that you’ll get me all balloon headed….NOT a good thing! But may I say that I am very flattered and honored by your words.

  14. KB723 says:

    whatsthatsound. Great Article, Thanks for Sharing. 😎


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