Tender Heart (Puzzle Pieces of Me)

Author’s Note: Life has been really tough lately for various reasons that only a small number know.  It is in these and other moments of life that you can think of changing your course, whether through big or small changes.  Definitely something to ponder.

Tender Heart (Puzzle Pieces Of Me)  

Tender Heart.

Bashful Heart.

Healing Heart.

Sensitive Heart.

Intelligent mind.

Compassionate mind.

Compulsive mind.

Cognizant mind.

Curious soul.

Weary soul.

Passionate soul.

“I-still-feel-like-I’m-six-years-old” soul.




Puzzle pieces of me.

Sometimes jumbled and



sometimes neat and


But all are still me.

Some pieces

just seem

alittle more

socially acceptable,


Tender Heart

Tender Heart (Photo credit: ccmerino)

A Tender Heart

A Tender Heart (Photo credit: Karen.E.Rice)


Pablo Neruda is a Beautiful Poet

Poetry is a beautiful way to convey the deepest emotions of the heart.  I feel that song lyrics and poetry are also some of the best ways to express love.

I stumbled upon the poet Pablo Neruda recently, and I had never heard of him before.  Actually, Neruda was #2 of top 500 poets the other day on www.poemhunter.com  before even Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and William Shakespeare.  However, when I just checked a few moments ago, Dickinson and Shakespeare have surpassed Neruda, who is holding his own in fourth place.  He is DEFINITITELY worth checking out (currently #4, #8, and #17 top poems of top 500 poem list are by Neruda on www.poemhunter.com).

According to Wikipedia, Neruda is a  Chilean poet who lived from 1904-1973 who chose that pen name (and later legal name) after a Czech poet, Jan Neruda.  Kudos to Neruda, and as I am part Czech and my Grandpa came over from there as a child, so thus I find his choice of name exceptionally awesome.  Also, kudos to whoever (i.e. inspiring teacher or poet aficionado or random cool person) has written various quotes by Pablo Neruda in a classroom at a building where I work….they led me to stumble onto Neruda and his love poetry.  Some of his poetry may be slightly racy, but nowhere near as racy (in my opinion) as Song of Solomon in the Bible.  A final random note from the entry on Neruda at Wikipedia states that he “always wrote in green ink as it was his personal colour of hope.”  I relate 100-fold, because most of the time I write in purple pen, since purple is one of my favorite colors, it is quite beautiful and inspiring, and it is a break from the dull monotony of black ink.

Here are some poetry excerpts by Neruda.  Enjoy!

Excerpt from “If You Forget Me” (Currently #4 on top 500 Poems; source= www.poemhunter.com)


if each day,

each hour,

you feel that you are destined for me

with implacable sweetness,

if each day a flower

climbs up to your lips to seek me,

ah my love, ah my own,

in me all that fire is repeated,

in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,

my love feeds on your love, beloved,

and as long as you live it will be in your arms

without leaving mine.”

~Pablo Neruda
excerpt from Sonnet XVII (source: www.poemhunter.com)
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way…”
~ Pablo Neruda
A third excerpt by Pablo Neruda is from “Tie Your Heart At Night To Mine, Love,”
“So that our dream might reply
to the sky’s questioning stars
with one key, one door closed to shadow”
~ Pablo Neruda

Love Quotes

English: Love heart

English: Love heart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I find quotes quite awesome, and some of the best quotes out there are love quotes.  Thus, I have culled together numerous love quotes from a couple of sources.  In particular, I am a fan of quotes by people that I admire, other poets/writers/thinkers, and spiritual resources.

To get it kick started, here is a spiritual quote from a recent Air1 verse of the day that I appreciate:

“Love each other with geniune affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” (Romans 12:10 NLT; www.air1.com)

Here is one of the quintessential, classic verses on love that is one of my favorites to read when I want to read about love.  I find it a high standard to attain to, and I often fall short.  These verses are from the Amplified Bible, which I find cool because it amplifies words and adds new facets of understanding and shades of meaning.

“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.  It is not conceited (arrogant or inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.  Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]….Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].  Love never fails…..” (I Corinthians 13:4-8, Amplified Bible)

These inspiring love quotes are gleaned from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_love.html

“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” ~Max Muller
“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” ~Plato
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu
“Do all things with love.” ~Og Mandino

“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.” ~Leo Buscaglia

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” ~Albert Einstein

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~Mother Teresa

“Everything is clearer when you’re in love.” ~John Lennon
“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” ~Judy Garland
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ~A. A. Milne