love (and a happy vday to all of you)

posted on: February 14, 2012

When you say the word love, your tongue drops to the basement of your mouth,
and the space grows there in the middle, between your cheeks;
and your teeth catch on your lips for the most satisfying vvvvvvibration.

When you say the word love, you should be sitting hip to hip on a cement curb in July.
You should be eating Thai food in the living room--
you should be in that place where the stars are the brightest, to you at least.

When you say the word love, you should really, really say it.
You should save that word for the times when it is the only word that can possibly be.

When you say the word love, your heart just drops to the bottom of your heels
(and floats all the way back up).
There should be all of this space inside, new space carved out to make room for your new heart.

The words will catch on your spirit, for the most satisfying vvvvvvibration.

photo of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward via

7 thought{s}:

  1. brittany, this is amazing.
    i can't even find words to tell you how much i truly love it.

  2. this is too much...i just LOVE it.
    incredible thoughts and words, as usual.
    happy valentine's day to you!

    ps: paul and them :)

  3. I love this so much. Really, I do. And that comment you posted on my blog was one of the nicest compliments I've ever received. I read so much of your writing and wish I had written it too. We should collaborate :) It would be an honor. Happy Valentines Day!

  4. How have I not read this? It made me cry (good tears)... "hip to hip on a cement curb in july."

    Love really is the best thing of all.


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