Perfect Two by Bodhi Smith

"perfect two" a brand new impression and blog from me...
 
"in those eyes of hers, she holds my heart, and when i look into those beautiful eyes, i see the most perfect reflection i can ever see, all the love that she has for me reflecting into all the love i have for her...i know i'm not perfect, and she's not perfect. i'm just me, she's just she, and we are just we. but she's perfect for me, i'm perfect for her. we are perfect together, the perfect two" ― bodhinku, the perfect two
 
"lovers go and lovers come
awandering awondering
but any two are perfectly
alone there's nobody else alive

(such a sky and such a night
i never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes)

not a tree can count his leaves
each herself by opening
but shining who by thousands mean
only one amazing thing"
 ― e.e. cummings
 
"at night i dream that you and i are two trees that grew together, roots entwined, and that you know the earth and the rain like my mouth, since we are made of earth and rain" ― pablo neruda, 100 love sonnets
 
"you don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not" ― jodi picoult, my sister's keeper
 
"for everything in this journey of life we are on, there is a perfect two of everything. a right wing and a left wing: for the wing of love there is anger; for the wing of destiny there is fear; for the wing of pain there is healing; for the wing of hurt there is forgiveness; for the wing of pride there is humility; for the wing of giving there is taking; for the wing of tears there is joy; for the wing of rejection there is acceptance; for the wing of judgment there is grace; for the wing of honor there is shame; for the wing of letting go there is the wing of keeping. we can only fly with two wings and two wings can only stay in the air if there is a balance. two beautiful wings is perfection, the perfect two. there is a generation of people who idealize perfection as the existence of only one of these wings every time. but i see that a bird with one wing can never fly and fulfill its destiny. an angel with one wing is imperfect. a butterfly with one wing is dead. so this generation of people strive to always cut off the other wing in the hopes of embodying their ideal of perfection, and in doing so, have created a crippled society with thoroughly distorted perceptions and unrealistic ideals " ― c. joybell c. (with modifications by bodhinku)
 
"night skies
mesmerize 
star sighs
romanticize
celestial eyes
energize
certainty pure
completely sure
shining true
the perfect two
when we're one
love is fun
beach sands
holding hands 
unified palms
together calms
tropical lush
no rush
no worry
time's blurry
wonderfully slow
light's glow
life's flow
letting go
all i know" 
 
"he knew her, and she knew him. he had no idea if the images he saw came from past or future, or both, but he knew her. their souls were bound, had always been bound, and always would be. they were two with one soul between them, perfectly joined, perfectly fitted" ― ann marston, the western king
 
“making love requires no thought. you move as the fronds of a palm tree move in the breeze. it is all instinct. all wonder. when you love someone, your lips are incomplete until they are oiled by a kiss. you can say ‘i love you’ a thousand ways, but you can say it better with silence and a kiss" ― chloe thurlow, being a girl
 
"there are two kinds of love...in the safe kind you look for someone who's exactly like you. it's what most folks settle for. but then there's the other kind of love. everyone's born with a ragged edge, and some folks crave that piece that's a perfect fit. you'll search for it forever, if you have to. and if you're lucky enough to find it, it looks so right, you start to tear at your own seams thinking, maybe i could look just as perfect. but then, of course, when you try to get close to their other half, you don't fit anymore. that kind of love...you come out of it a different person than you were when you started" ― jodi picoult, my sister's keeper
 
"our life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean under endless stars...yet under all these endless stars, what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?" ― david mitchell, cloud atlas
 
"it is by loving, and not by being loved, that one can come nearest the soul of another; yea, that, where two love, it is the loving of each other, that originates and perfects and assures their blessedness" ― george macdonald, phantasies
 
"this is not a love affair, brief and fading like the vivid blooms of summer; withering on the vine after the intense heat has passed behind the clouds. no, this is something pure and sacred, magical, timeless and deeply grounded. like the spiraling roots of an ancient tree holding fast to the earth below; ever-branching and ever-hopeful, reaching towards the stars and the promises blazing like a sunrise on the horizon beyond" ― c. ara campbell (with additions by bodhinku)
 
this first song is an eloquently vocalized folk-rock tune with minimalist lyrics that are pure and simple, and a perfect match for my impression here of palm trees next to the sea under the stars... "perfect love" by graham coxon  ... (just click on any of words in the blue links to listen to the song)...
 
"out of the sea and into the tree flew your perfect love for me. out of the sea and into the tree flew your perfect love, flew your perfect love...i met you and you met me, we sang in perfect harmony...out of the sea and into the tree flew your perfect love for me. out of the sea and into the tree swam your perfect love, swam my perfect love...i met you and you met me, we sang in perfect harmony...out of the sea and into the tree flew your perfect love for me. out of the sea and into the tree swam your perfect love, swam my perfect love...i met you and you met me, we sang in perfect harmony...out of the sea and into the tree flew your perfect love for me. out of the sea and into the tree flew your perfect love, flew your perfect love" ― graham coxon, perfect love
 
"to the heavens i sing
the most magical thing 
for which i will ever see
reflecting back at me
showing all your love, 
as a gift from above
in those beautiful eyes 
telling me no lies
about this love so true
something i always knew
we're the perfect two
baby, i so madly love you" ― bodhinku, perfect two
 
"i'm all alone, yet still together with her, the one for me who is out there somewhere. we've yet to cross paths in this world, but i know she is real. her and i think alike and are looking for the same things together. i feel her in my heart, as i carry her there between my breaths" ― bodhinku, perfect two
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MEANING
"i'd choose just two more minutes with you, over a lifetime with anyone else " ― bodhinku, perfect two
 
"perfect" is defined by merriam-webster:
1. corresponding to an ideal standard or abstract concept
2. pure; flawless; complete
 
these two palm trees are a couple, the perfect two as one, lovers for as long as they can remain standing on this earth, soulmates eternally standing side by side together all day and all night. they complete each other and share a flawless love so pure. they are forever devoted, adoring each other without any second thoughts. he stands there next to her. she stands there next to him. there they stand together side-by-side...
 
he never has to say a word to her...she never has to say a word to him...they simply let their thoughts float on the sea breeze, listening and hearing their colors, knowing all they ever need to know...forever there, standing right beside one another, always doing everything together, two as one perfectly, the perfect two in love.
 
they are wise and just know things without knowing. they know making love is not about touching the skin, that is just pleasure. what it's all really about is feeling each other's soul without touching...lovers are sages of love, knowing love without knowing, knowing love with undeniable certainty...
 
they know that paradise is not found on a tropical beach under palm trees. paradise is instead found standing side by side in tandem with your beloved, through both thick and thin, just like two palm trees still standing though a windy hurricane together, and still standing side by side to see the colorful sunrise awaken them after the dark and stormy night finally passes
 
"under the glowing stars on the beach they stand, side by side all night long, looking out to sea and up to the heavens, knowing why they love, and are alive" ― bodhinku, the perfect two
 
i long to stand next to my forever adoring palm tree, next to her, next to the one who loves me...
 
under the stars, i dream of her each night, craving her caressing touch. oh how i wait for her to appear, missing the time she and i could be sharing, together, complete as one. i love her so much, and i awaken full of adoration and hope of her. i arise knowing she is starting her day full of the hope of me...our love for each other is flawless, so pure...
 
"there is only one who can make me part of the perfect two" ― bodhinku, the perfect two
 
one day i will know the feeling of waking up next to the one i've always known...as we wake up each day, we have awakened the excited little kids that exist inside us, the little boy in me, and the little girl in her. the perfect two who fell in love with one another so long ago, way before we ever met in the flesh...
 
and in those eyes of hers, she holds my heart, and when i look into those beautiful eyes, i see the most perfect reflection i can ever see, all the love that she has for me reflecting into all the love i have for her...
 
i know i'm not perfect, and she's not perfect. i'm just me, she's just she, and we are just we. but she's perfect for me, i'm perfect for her. we are perfect together, the perfect two...
 
"our bodies are the
sudden portal of love 
a perfect two 
entwined as one in
beautiful time travel 
lost and found in
passion, in
unity, in
pleasure, in
infinite peace and love" ― bodhinku, perfect two
 
a feeling such as this cannot be explained or described, it can only be felt. it can only be known. and if you feel it now, and know its energy pulsing through your body, you are one of the lucky ones. and you know what i continue to long for...a life full of kisses, and holding hands, and giggles, and smiles, and words without speaking, the first thing every morning and the last thing every night...
 
i'm desperately wishing she could join me to share this beautiful world i live in, under that stars, yet so bright in our light...i'm happy to be me, happy to be alive, happy to be where i am, yet longing for her to come be with me, join with me, complete me...longing for her to reach out and touch me, and share all these breathless moments in life with me...
 
"if there's a love story you want to read, but it has not been written yet, then you must write it yourself" ― bodhinku, perfect two
 
i'm all alone, yet still together with her, the one for me who is out there somewhere. we've yet to cross paths in this world, but i know she is real. her and i think alike and are looking for the same things together. i feel her in my heart, as i carry her there between my breaths...
 
though i long for my beloved to find me, i will be patient and wait. i'll not settle for anything less than the girl of my dreams who makes me part of a perfect two...
 
until then, i'll breathe and love living...and i'll be grateful for each breath i get, and make each moment count as much as i possibly can, for as dan millman says, "there are no ordinary moments"...we're all well aware that tomorrow is not guaranteed, this is all each of us gets, this life, right here and now is it. waste none of it, cherish each breath, live every second, and love with all your heart....[a big sigh with a deep breath and exhale]
 
"she's here now. she's always here. i carry her in my heart, until the day i can carry her in my arms" ― bodhinku, her
 
++(((this favourite poem of mine is for her, i know she is out there...this is to the perfect lady for me, the girl of my dreams, directly from my heart to hers)))++
 
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                     
i fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart) "
 ― e. e. cummings
 
this beautiful love song from 2011 by indie singer auburn is quirky and corney, yet so heartfelt and loving. it's truly one of my all-time favorite romantic tunes, and i seriously cannot wait until the day i can sing this tune word for word to the lady in my life (once our paths finally cross anew and we find each other again)...it's by far and away the most perfect song for my impression and blog here. it's lyrics are so eloquent and their meaning is priceless, plus this song carries the same name as my image to boot... "perfect two" by auburn william ... (just click on any of the words in the blue links to listen to the musical selection)....
 
"you can be the peanut butter to my jelly; you can be the butterflies i feel in my belly. you can be the captain, and i can be your first mate; you can be the chills that i feel on our first date. you can be the hero and i can be your sidekick; you can be the tear that i cry if we ever split. you can be the rain from the cloud when it's storming; or you can be the sun when it shines in the morning...don't know if i could ever be without you because boy you complete me. and in time i know that we'll both see that we're all we need. because you're the apple to my pie; you're the straw to my berry; you're the smoke to my high; and you're the one i wanna marry. because you're the one for me, and i'm the one for you. you take the both of us, and we're the perfect two, we're the perfect two, we're the perfect two. baby me and you, we're the perfect two...you can be the prince and i can be your princess; you can be the sweet tooth, i can be the dentist. you can be the shoes, and i can be the laces; you can be the heart that i spill on the pages. you can be the vodka and i can be the chaser; you can be the pencil and i can be the paper. you can be as cold as the winter weather, but i don't care as long as we're together. don't know if i could ever be without you because boy you complete me. and in time i know that we'll both see that we're all we need. because you're the apple to my pie; you're the straw to my berry; you're the smoke to my high; and you're the one i wanna marry. because you're the one for me, and i'm the one for you. you take the both of us, and we're the perfect two, we're the perfect two, we're the perfect two. baby me and you, we're the perfect two...you know that i'll never doubt ya. and you know that i think about ya. and you know i can't live without ya, no. i love the way that you smile, and maybe in just a while, i can see me walk down the aisle...because you're the apple to my pie; you're the straw to my berry; you're the smoke to my high; and you're the one i wanna marry. because you're the one for me, and i'm the one for you. you take the both of us, and we're the perfect two. we're the perfect two, we're the perfect two. baby me and you, we're the perfect two" ― auburn, the perfect two
 
"she lives each of her life's moments fully and looks past none of them. she's artistic and free. her spirit dances with the milky way each night. she hopes, she dreams. she loves. she feels the same way about me and breathes my name into her lungs, though she has not met me in this life yet. she longs to be together with me one day" ― bodhinku, together
 
"she exists, yet she has yet to find me...she's my last first kiss. each morning she's the first beautiful sight i see, and every night she's the last glowing light before my eyes close. she is my all day, my all night. we are the perfect two, but i have yet to meet her" ― bodhinku, perfect two
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MORE QUOTES FOR EXTRA MEANING
this song is just one beautiful tune, aligned perfectly with the meaning of my impression and blog today...the singer is full of adoration and devotion for the love of his life, though he has yet to meet her... "perfect" by ed sheeran   ... (just click on any of words in the blue links to listen to the song)... 
 
"i found a love for me. darling just dive right in and follow my lead. well, i found a girl beautiful and sweet, i never knew you were the someone waiting for me because we were just kids when we fell in love not knowing what it was. i will not give you up this time. but darling, just kiss me slow, your heart is all i own, and in your eyes you're holding mine...baby, i'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song. when you said you looked a mess, i whispered underneath my breath. but you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight...well i found a woman, stronger than anyone i know. she shares my dreams, i hope that someday i'll share her home. i found a love, to carry more than just my secrets, to carry love, to carry children of our own. we are still kids, but we're so in love fighting against all odds, i know we'll be alright this time. darling, just hold my hand, be my girl, i'll be your man. i see my future in your eyes. baby, i'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song. when i saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful, i don't deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight...baby, i'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song, i have faith in what i see, now i know i have met an angel in person, and she looks perfect. i don't deserve this, you look perfect tonight" ― ed sheeran, perfect
 
"the only path that is wide enough for us all is love" ― gautama siddhartha buddha, sayings of buddha
 
"wherever you go, be a lover, and go with all your heart" ― confucius, the analects 
 
"being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage" ― lao tzu, tao te ching
 
"great love is not found randomly or by impulse. yet instead by a series of small things brought into focus" ― vincent van gogh
 
"to express the love of two lovers by the marriage of two complementary colours, their blending and their contrast, the mysterious vibrations of related tones. to express the thought of a brow by the radiance of a light tone against a dark background. to express hope by some star. someone's passion by the radiance of the setting sun. that's certainly no realistic trompe l'oeil, but something that really exists, isn't it?" ― vincent van gogh, the letters of vincent
 
"that’s the thing about great love. it elevates everything around it. you walk through a forest together and it becomes a great temple. you eat a meal together and you sit at god’s banquet table. you merge your bodies and all heaven breaks loose. that’s why we can’t stop singing about love. every verse is a cry for being an eternal happiness as one" ― jeff brown
 
"there is no more precious a privilege than to be loved without reserve or judgement. to look deeply into your partner’s eyes and see, that yet despite your many faults and flaws, you will always be eternal, because you are cherished precisely as you are. once you have known a love like that in your life, it stays with you eternally" ― beau taplin, remedy
 
"i want love, yet i don't want to be lost in love, i want to be found. to be discovered and uncovered bit by glorious bit; revealed and revered in each glorious facet. i don't want to be lost in love; i want to surrender into it fully. to make a willing leap and not a stumbled fall. i want to be eternal within her light, seen, not hidden. to allow only her to stand before my altar and into my inner temple. only her spirit present, conscious, and open. to only welcome her into my arms. she, the lady who stands beside me equal, authentic and whole. i don't want to be lost in love; i want to embrace it completely, unafraid, raw and blissfully awake with her wrapped around me like an aura, penetrating my meaning, making me complete" ― c. ara campbell (with additions by bodhinku)

"maybe it is only after great separation and longing that we are able to fully see and appreciate. maybe that’s why the lovers clay is divided. maybe in finding that individual perspective separate of the other, in becoming whole into one’s own truth and loving the very fabric of one’s own being we become what we need. we learn the lessons necessary to become the truest versions of ourselves. in that moment of seeing our own truth and brilliance, we are able to recognize at long last the clay form of the other and are able fully open to them in a powerful, soul deep homecoming. in this total love for our own clay, even into the depths of our loneliness, at long last we can clearly see. when we shine in our own light we draw to us the other. but how would we have ever known the path if not for the longing of loneliness deep within? nothing about twin souls is taking the easy journey but about a spirit deep song that pulls you from somewhere beyond the horizon; it’s the beacon between lovers you can’t explain or ignore." 
― c. ara campbell
 
"by night, love, tie your heart to mine, and our two as one will in their sleep yet defeat the darkness" ― pablo neruda
 
"ever since time began, people have recognized their true love by the light in their eyes" ― paulo coelho
 
"we are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. life is eternal. we have stopped for yet a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. this is a precious moment. it is a little parenthesis in eternity" ― paulo coelho, the alchemist
 
"lovers never surrender to each other, lovers simply surrender to love" ― osho, awareness: the key to living in balance
  
"an alive and loving person simply loves. love is a natural function. so remember this, don’t put demands on your lover; otherwise you will not find any love flowing in you. you have no right to demand anything from anybody. if somebody loves you, be thankful, but don’t demand anything, because the other has no obligation to love you. if somebody loves you, it is a miracle. be thrilled by the miracle" ― osho, being in love
 
"that is the simple secret of happiness. whatever you are doing, don’t let the past move your mind; don’t let the future disturb you. because the past is no more, and the future is not yet. to live in the memories, to live in the imagination, is to live in the non-existential. and when you are living in the non-existential, you are missing that which is existential...you will miss your whole life happening now" ― osho, the hidden splendor
 
"life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward eternal in the same direction" ― antoine de saint-exupery, the little prince
 
"i know my journey's not over yet, and that life is a winding path, but i can only hope it somehow circles back to the place i belong. that's how i think of it now. i belong with her" ― nicholas sparks, the notebook
 
"lovers alone wear starlight" ― e.e. cummings 
 
"there is no path to happiness. happiness is the path. there is no path to love. love is the path. there is no path to peace. peace is the path" ― dan millman, way of the peaceful warrior
 
"i have known you
since the beginning
of time
the one
i have loved always
in spirit.
yet still need to discover
 
"billions of stars will lose their fuel from the brightness of the only face, the guest of your heart, the beauty of the lover that is your soul" ― bzam
 
"perfect happiness implies the solidarity of the angels. when two mouths, made sacred by love, draw near to each other to create, it is impossible, that above that ineffable kiss there should not be a thrill in the immense mystery of the stars" ― victor hugo, les miserables  

“no one can walk beneath palm trees with impunity, and ideas are sure to change in a land where the sunsets are at home" 
― johann wolfgang von goethe, elective affinities
 
"i think of thee! - my thoughts do twine and bud
about thee, as wild vines, about a tree...
yet, o my palm-tree, be it understood
i will not have my thoughts instead of thee
who art dearer, better! rather, instantly
renew thy presence; as a strong tree should,
rustle thy boughs and set thy trunk all bare,
and let these bands of greenery which insphere thee
drop heavily down,—-burst, shattered, everywhere!
because, in this deep joy to see and hear thee
and breathe within thy shadow a new air,
i do not think of thee...i am too near thee" 
 
"you must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, yet find your eternity in each moment. fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. yet there is no other land; there is no other life but this" ― henry david thoreau, walden  
 
"we have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey. and while the universal force of gravity gives them a shared destination, the expansive space in the air gives each snowflake the opportunity to take their own path. they are on the same journey, but each takes a different path...along this gravity-driven journey, some snowflakes collide and damage each other, some collide and join together, some are influenced by wind, there are so many transitions and changes that take place along the journey of the snowflake. but, no matter what the transition, the snowflake always finds itself perfectly shaped for its journey....i find parallels in nature to be a beautiful reflection of grand orchestration. one of these parallels is of snowflakes and us. we, too, are all headed in the same direction. we are being driven by a universal force to the same destination. we are all individuals taking different journeys and along our journey, we sometimes bump into each other, we cross paths, we become altered. we take different physical forms. but at all times we too are 100% perfectly imperfect. at every given moment, we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. i'm not perfect for your journey and you’re not perfect for my journey, but i’m perfect for my own journey and you’re perfect for your own journey. we’re heading to the same place, we’re taking different routes, but we’re both exactly perfect the way we are....think of what understanding this great orchestration could mean for relationships. imagine interacting with others knowing that they too each share this parallel with the snowflake. like you, they are headed to the same place and no matter what they may appear like to you, they have taken the perfect form for their journey. how strong our relationships would be if we could see and respect that we are all perfectly imperfect for our journey" ― steve maraboli, like an imperfect snowflake
 
"you can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won't mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever.... connections are made with the heart, not the tongue" ― c. joybell c.
 
"there are going to be truckloads of people who will see the light in you before you see it. they are going to see the palm tree inside of your seed before you even realize that it's going to be a palm tree one day. but they're not going to bend over and reach down towards the flame to say "i see you, keep glowing." they're not going to kneel down and tap the ground and say to the seed "i see you, keep reaching." instead, they're going to try and snuff out the flame, they're going to try and drown the seed. lest you see your brightness; lest you realize you will one day bear fruit! it's tragic, because, how do you protect what you can't even see? put your hand to your chest and feel the warmth of your light; press your hand to the earth and feel the throbbing of the seed that is you; close your eyes, child, and never leave you!" ― c. joybell c.
  
"i no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. but i was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. not because they were perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together" ― lisa kleypas, blue-eyed devil
 
"i suddenly realized, i was in california. warm, palmy air...air you can kiss like a lover, and palms" ― jack kerouac, on the road
 
"for many, love is a two-sided coin. it can strengthen or stifle, expand or enfeeble, perfect or pauperize. when love is returned, we soar. we are taken to heights unseen, where it delights, invigorates, and beautifies. when love is spurned, we feel crippled, disconsolate, and bereaved. polish the coin and you will see only requited love on both sides....you will see i was destined to love you and i will belong to you forever" ― colleen houck, tiger's curse
 
"we mistake sex too often for romance. guys are taught that pushing a girl up against a wall is romance. sex is easy; you can do it with anyone, yourself, with batteries. romance is when someone you like walks into a room and they take your breath away. romance is when two people are dancing and they fit together perfectly. romance is when two people are walking next to each other and all of a sudden they find themselves holding hands, and they don’t know how that happened" ― john c. moffi
 
"at first we raced through space, like shadows and light; her rants, my raves; her dark hair, my blonde; black dresses, white shirts. she's a purple-black african-violet-dark butterfly and i am a white moth. we were two wild ponies, dawn and midnight, the wind electrifying our manes and our hooves quaking the city; we were photo negatives of each other, together making the perfect image of two as one" ― francesca lia block, violet & claire
 
"when each partner loves so completely that they've forgotten to ask themself whether or not they are loved in return; when they only knows that they love and are moving to its music—then, and then only are two people able to dance perfectly in tune to the same rhythm" ― anna morrow lindbergh, gift from the sea
 
"it's not until you rhyme with a person that makes you their perfect match, it's when you are satisfied with each other's peculiarities, and find jewels in their loopholes" ― michael bassey johnson
 
"real connection and real love goes beyond those not-so-perfect and superficial and idiosyncratic things that simply make us individuals. the trust and longevity of a relationship between two individuals is established through time and learning each other, and discovering a harmony at the core of their connection. and it becomes powerful because of where it resides--at the center of who we are--the very essence of our being" ― kelli jae baeli
 
"dad told me once - when i'd said something about how perfect his relationship with mom was - that i should have seen the first five years of their marriage, that they'd fought like hellions, crashed into each other like two giant stones. that eventually they'd eroded each other into the perfect fit, become a single wall, nestled into each other's curves and hollows, her strengths chinking his weaknesses, her weaknesses reinforced by his strengths" ― karen marie moning, dreamfever
 
"i’d be happy on a deserted island that had nothing but palm trees and a lifetime supply of sunrises and sunsets as long as she was there" ― kristen ashley, breathe
 
"i close my eyes, knowing that afterward we will fall asleep together on our small mattress, as we do every night, listening to the wind in the palm trees outside our window, believing in our dreams that we are” ― andrew porter, the theory of light and matter
 
"palm trees always make me smile. i love that they are free to play with the wind..." ― hibat a. lothman
 
"the empress surrounds you at all times. she feeds the soul with her brilliance and beauty of the night sky. landscapes, beaches, and ocean waves rise like the curve of her hips. her breath is the warm air of summer, her cool palms are the palm tree's shade. she is the peace of mind of a walking meditation. the empress fills you with the entirety of the world's beauty if you let her in. she shows you in no uncertain terms, that you are never, ever alone. you are part and parcel of the glistening, pulsating world of energetic and beatific connection. you are her and she is you. she is everything and everything is you" ― sasha graham, llewellyn's complete book of the tarot
 
"my favorite place to be is by the bay where the palm trees sway" ― janet toole lewis  
 
"it is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree, it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened" ― philip sydney
 
"there's nothing you can know that isn't known. nothing you can see that isn't shown. there's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be...it's easy: all you need is love, love is all you need"― the beatles, all you need is love  
 
"my lover is a dancer in the dark, whispering the secrets in her heart. she's opening up to my desire, my lover in the night...she is the morning sun, she's the one, bringing me back, the boy inside. my lover in the night, my lover is the light, my lover has it right, my lover is my life." ― chris deburgh, my lover is 
 
“only once in your life, i truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. you tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. you share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. when something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. they are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. there is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. you can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. the things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. colours seem brighter and more brilliant. laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. a phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. in their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. you think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. you open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. you find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. you find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life"  ― bob marley, lovers
 
"don't you know yet? it's your light that lights the world" ― jalaluddin rumi
 
"my heart is so small
it's almost invisible.
how can you place
such big sorrows in it?
"look," she answered,
"your eyes are even smaller,
yet they behold the world." 
 
"advice doesn't help lovers! they're not the kind of mountain stream you can build a dam across" ― jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi
 
"i, you, he, she, we...in the garden of mystic lovers, these are not true distinctions" ― jalaluddin rumi, the music and silence of the heart
 
"lovers don't finally meet somewhere. they're in each other all along" ― jalaluddin rumi, in the arms of the beloved
 
"in the house of lovers, the music never stops, the walls are made of songs & the floor dances" ― jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi

"i'm drenched
in the flood
which has yet to come

i'm tied up
in the prison
that has yet to exist

not having played
the game of chess
i'm already the checkmate

not having tasted
a single cup of your wine
i'm already drunk

not having entered
the battlefield
i'm already wounded and slain

i no longer
know the difference
between imagination and reality

like the shadow
i am
and
i am not" 
 
"i am a painter, painting pictures all the time, yet when i set them near your beauty...i want to throw them all away" ― jalaluddin rumi
 
"a moment of happiness, you and i laying together on the grass of eden, apparently two, but one in soul, you and i. we feel the flowing water of life here, you and i, with the garden's beauty and the birds singing. the stars will be watching us, and we will show them what it is to be a thin crescent moon. you and i unselfed, will be eternal, as we laugh together, you and i. in one form upon this earth, and in another form in a timeless sweet land" ― jalaluddin rumi, hush don't say anything to god 
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MORE BODHINKU QUOTES
and this song i am providing for you here in this blog, it's the absolute perfect tune to listen to as you read along, this song speaks to these trees as lovers of the light...this is such a beautifully sung, melodic, and romantic song, in its message and meaning, with beautiful lyrics, "lover of the light" by mumford and sons (just click on the song title, it is a link to the lyric video)
 
"in the middle of the night, i may watch you go. there'll be no value in the strength of walls that i have grown. there'll be no comfort in the shade of the shadows thrown. but i'd be yours if you'd be mine...stretch out my life and pick the seams out. take what you like, but close my ears and eyes. watch me stumble over and over. i have done wrong, you build your tower. but call me home and i will build a throne and wash my eyes out never again...but love the one you hold, and i'll be your goal to have and to hold, a lover of the light...skin too tight and eyes like marbles, you spin me high, so watch me as i glide before i tumble homeward, homeward...i know i tried, i was not stable, flawed by pride. i miss my sanguine eyes. so hold my hands up, breathe in and breathe out. so love the one you hold and i'll be your goal to have and to hold, a lover of the light...and in the middle of the night, i may watch you go. there'll be no value in the strength of walls that i have grown. there'll be no comfort in the shade of the shadows thrown. you may not trust the promises of the change i'll show, but i'd be yours if you'd be mine...so love the one you hold and i will be your goal to have and to hold, a lover of the light" ― mumford and sons, lover of the light  
 
"writing makes me think about what lies deep inside me, it's a process that helps me reflect and understand my enigmatic emotions better...and today this blog makes me feel so thankful for those that truly love me, especially this eternal love inside, for her, for my light behind these words today, though i have yet to meet her in the flesh..." ― bodhinku, eternal
 
"eternal is defined as: lasting or existing forever, without end or beginning...imagine a love with no beginning or end. imagine a love existing forever. imaging a love without the constraints of time--no hours, days, or years. just a love that's always there, one that has always been there and always will be. a love eternal" ― bodhinku, eternal
 
"yet, i hope one day comes soon, that one day when our eyes connect deeply with each other and she asks me: fly away with me, and let's never look back, and i respond to her: of course, if you're a bird, i'm a bird...and we take off and fly together to a happily ever after of togetherness" ― bodhinku, togetherness
 
"she stands next to him as his cure
likewise all that matters is next to her, 
like trees looking off into the eternal free, 
all warm and cozy nestled by the sea, 
knowing this is where for sure
they were always meant to be 
forever from here to eternity" ― bodhinku, eternal
 
"he loved her, she was his true art. and he loved all of her colors, she was his favorite color, the most beautiful color in the world...but trying to explain the beautiful color of her to someone else, would be as impossible as trying to explain the beauty of an exploding rainbow" ― bodhinku, exploding rainbow  
 
"adoring of each other fully. full of beautiful love and magical connections. teaming with understanding and devotion. filled to the top in togetherness existing as one" ― bodhinku, togetherness
 
"and when her and i finally reconnect together only knowing one thing, that something of this certainty comes but once in a lifetime, we will dance and laugh and play together under the stars, and sing a song together without the need for words all night long" ― bodhinku, togetherness
"anywhere we might be
no matter how ugly 
or good the weather
we're there eternally
loving together
knowing you, knowing me
knowing nirvana's pleasure
as far as i can see
only your eyes, your face
glowing with thee
takes me to the place
anywhere we might be
all night and diurnal
together eternal" 
 
"i know you exist. i know you are out there somewhere looking for me too, and one day we will meet and we will share countless breathless moments of 'oh my god' together" ― bodhinku, togetherness 
 
"yet another year comes to a beautiful end. no regrets. but still, you're still not with me yet. in the end, i'm alone yet again on the thirty-first, yet i'm content alone. i've my doggie here with me, he is so devoted, what more do i need? yet it's you who i miss dearly..." ― bodhinku, yet
 
"i'm all alone, yet still together with her, the one for me who is out there somewhere. we've yet to cross paths in this world, but i know she is real. her and i think alike and are looking for the same things together. i feel her in my heart, as i carry her there between my breaths" ― bodhinku, yet
 
"i sing the sweetest song
i shout out your name
with or without
you around me
nothing is the same
and you and i are to blame
sweet melody of our soul

i scream for you
i want more
it's you that i adore.
my bird with the brightest feather
our world is floating
it's our belief  
when we're together

we're like a river
we're wild and free
i believe our home is full of magic
our world is like it is meant to be.
let's sing our song
not for a moment
but for sweet eternity"
 
 
"i can't wait until i finally find her, and she finds me and says, 'oh it's you!'. and we can transform into the feathers covering each others wings and fly away into our colorful sunset together...that's our life's treasure, better together― bodhinku, togetherness
"i long for your first touch, your first kiss one-day. i miss you, yet i've still not met you in the flesh. yet...yet,we've met spiritually before, we have, i know with certainty. i'm hopeful, as i'm always, that yet another year will not pass without us finally finding each other again. yet, there is hope, always hope. so when at that moment, we can just stare endlessly into those loving eyes we see across from ours, those eyes we always knew all along, we will find our longed for bliss...but my god, how can i be truly happy when i've not met you on my path yet?" ― bodhinku, yet
 
"though i long for my beloved to find me, i will be patient and wait. i'll not settle for anything less than the girl of my dreams who makes me part of a perfect two...until then, i'll breathe and love living...and i'll be grateful for each breath i get, and make each moment count as much as i possibly can" ― bodhinku, perfect two
 
"under the stars, i dream of her each night, craving her caressing touch. oh how i wait for her to appear, missing the time she and i could be sharing, together, complete as one. i love her so much, and i awaken full of adoration and hope of her. i arise knowing she is starting her day full of the hope of me...our love for each other is flawless, so pure" ― bodhinku, perfect two
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ABOUT THE IMPRESSION
"one day i will know the feeling of waking up next to the one i've always known...as we wake up each day, we have awakened the excited little kids that exist inside us, the little boy in me, and the little girl in her. the perfect two who fell in love with one another so long ago, way before we ever met in the flesh" ― bodhinku, perfect two
 
this is two separate exposures, one captured about 11 mins after sunrise of two palm trees on a calm windless beach in south saint petersburg, florida on august 5, 2021, and the another of the stars/milky-way captured much later a few hours after the sun went down...this composition is comprised of these two exposures...the beach scene with the two trees (f/11 @24mm for 111secs, iso-64), and the stars and milky way (f/1.4 @24mm for 15seconds, iso-2500)....
 
in my photography, i always use filters to create longer exposure effects, saturate colors naturally, and balance the light in my composition in-camera...i often use as many as four filters at time, and i always use at least one filter in my completed impressions...
 
but for the exposure of the stars, no filters were necessary, so no filters were used...
 
however, for the trees and beach exposure, to get the effects and balance i was looking for, i used two progreyusa filters in the capture of this composition, a 3.0 nd progrey antarctica filter to bring the light in the image down 10 stops to create this dreamy effect with motion blur of the water and naturally saturate the primary rgb's (reds, greens and blues) in the image  and a 0.9 gnd progrey aurora filter to help balance in-camera overall the image the way i envisioned it... in this case, to stop down the light at the top of the image an extra three stops and help permit details in the shadows of the palm trees come out better...
 
i also used the progrey g-120z magnetic holder to hold the filters and secure them to my nikon d850 with a nikon nikkor 24mm f/1.4 prime lens...
 
and with this being a pretty long exposure of 111 seconds, a stable and sturdy tripod is an absolute necessity in order to keep the image sharp...i wish to openly thank my sponsors who have always supported me through both the good and bad times...for truly this long exposure impression would not be possible without the use of my induro (now benro) phq3 series 5-way panhead with induro carbon fiber stealth tripod in combination with the progreyusa filters which i use with every photo i take...

"you were blessed with 84,600 seconds today, have you used one of them to say thank you?" 
― bodhinku, blessed
 
"if nothing else...if i open my eyes, if i hope, if i cry, if i think, if i sigh, if i giggle, if i dance, if i love, if i breathe, then i have lived a full days worth of life...nothing is wasted, nothing" ― bodhinku, if nothing else
 
"i do not want you to just be into my photography, instead, i'd much rather you take a journey into my pictures, and feel the impression i have created, feel it with all your senses" ― bodhinku, into my photography
 
"my photography is my way of keeping a diary" ― bodhinku, my diary
  
"contemplate without thinking. be certain only in your uncertainty, content to be completely incomplete. stop the rush. slow down time. breathe and notice. slow down everything. let it all be. shut off the noise. hush. relax. seize this higher moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colours of light whisper as they envelope you. see the melody and harmony that float about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence. now discover your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith with all your senses. this is my world. awaken!" ― bodhinku, my world
 
i leave you today wishing that bright joy 
and spiritual peace fill your life...
imploring you to make every moment count, 
no matter what, always and forever, 
for that is the only thing that truly matters... 
  
and above all else,
i hope this message and impression find you well.
 
namaste,
bodhi
 
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