prelude to a 30-volume love letter

cogito ergo sum
carried by blood
to the place i hear words
not spoken but dropped
between the ears
before i wake today.
Descartes dreamed
as eyes open is tricky–
i am uncertain these words
capture my i-ness
the way sum ergo diligo would
if i dreamed dead languages often.

diligo diligi dilige diligiamo diligete diligono

i think; therefore i am.
i am; therefore i love,
because what flowers
under this skin
sweeter than jasmine
only night-blooming
has petals that dissolve
in sunlight. impossible
to press for scent or study
as the mind leaves
these fields of secrets;
bright poppies weaving
a brilliance
bitter on the edges.
i need to drink deep.

i think; therefore i love.
i love; therefore i am.

this passion.  this thirst
for whatever is given can never be met
part-way, half-assed, only on the weekends
and stored under the bed or on the closet floor
in boxes.

i am; therefore i think.
i think; therefore i love:

and that love covers
page after page after page
unmetered and raw
to this earth and everything

sum, ergo credo

***the rudimentary latin in this is first cogito ergo sum=I think, therefore I am; sum ergo diligo = I am, therefore I love; sum, ergo credo = I am, therefore I believe.  The diligo/diligi/dilige/diligiamo/diligete/diligono is a present tense conjugation of diligere, the Latin verb for to respect, to esteem, to love.

Day 12: Where passion resides.

Day 12: Where passion resides.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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49 Responses to prelude to a 30-volume love letter

  1. davidtrudel says:

    Passionate and cerebral. I like how you make the distinction between thinking and loving and how while one leads to the other, they are still separate.

  2. BroadBlogs says:

    Just want to soak it up. Shared some lines + link on fb.

  3. Trent Lewin says:

    Okay, this one should be a song. A long beating song with a heavy guitar solo in it and the Latin parts chanted in the background.

  4. Wow, I really love this one! Wanted to comment before getting back to reading it again and again. The feeling is amazing, and I have a soft spot for Latin.

  5. Bruce Ruston says:

    great use of language in this really liking it

    • Susan L Daniels says:

      Thanks, Bruce–I never had a dream in Latin before. hah. Did not think I knew enough of it for my brain to dredge out a phrase…

  6. shanjeniah says:

    I really loved this….so much yum! Things to think on, feel on and learn….a triple threat! =D

  7. I loved reading this Susan again and again…found myself in your lines and I have no ability to read Latin and yet it spoke to me, clearly, and deeply & magically.

  8. Beth Camp says:

    How lovely just to stop for a moment in the rush of the day to read a poem that links so beautifully the body with the mind. The opening suggests thoughts on wakening, the second part says such awareness can never “be stored under the bed” or saved “for weekends”; and the closing is almost indescribable, the writing down to the earth, connecting all. Beautiful.

    • Beth–thank you. Last night, before I went to sleep, I saw today’s prompt, and asked my mind, right before I fell asleep, to think about what I was most passionate about, and the thought immediately flashed in my mind that I am in love with the world, and every poem I write is a love letter to the world and those inhabiting her. I went to sleep, and right before I woke up, that Latin phrase popped up in my mind. This was the result. So glad you liked it.

  9. nelle says:

    My gosh, the places you go, the things you bring back, and all in your head.

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  11. This is simply amazing. 🙂

  12. Rene Descartes meets Susan Daniels, Rationalism fuses with the emotions, and gets enriched!

  13. brian miller says:

    love it…this has a great beat….that whole bit about the flowers…woo i love it….the scent and texture…the rhyme through there is tight…love the latin as well….i am there fore i love for sure…

  14. claudia says:

    very cool…capture my i-ness
    the way sum ergo diligo would
    if i dreamed dead languages often…..i love..

  15. ayala says:

    Beautiful, a great share.

  16. Wow Susan… this is an amazing write. I love the way the past flows into the present and shows how love and logic are both necessary to survive.
    Really lovely read Susan.

  17. Mary says:

    This was impressive. I loved the way you used Latin… and the message

    i am; therefore i think.
    i think; therefore i love

    is worthy in ANY language.

  18. hedgewitch says:

    not spoken but dropped
    between the ears

    these fall that way–the poem feels that it could indeed preface that many pages.

  19. jasmine calyx says:

    I love this: “carried by blood to the place i hear words”

  20. PJF Sayers says:

    Susan, this is lovely and life-affirming. The sprinkling of Latin adds a very nice to touch to the piece. This is my first time reading your writing. I will be looking for you on the dVerse trail. Nice work.


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