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I Know Love … is a Fresh Start

Submitted by on February 17, 2011 – 6:30 am13 Comments
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Editor’s note: This week on the Tiki Tiki, in honor of Valentine’s Day, five writers finish this sentence “I know love…” Check in for their beautiful, inspiring essays.

maria de los angelesBy Maria de los Angeles

When Carrie from Tiki Tiki Blog asked me to contribute to this series, I thought it would be easy. “Just start your sentence with ‘I know love . . .’ and let it take you where it goes,” she wrote. Simple enough, right?

And I tried. I tried to write about romantic love for several days. It’s for Valentine’s Day after all, right? A whole week went by. Even the deadline passed. I knew I had hit a wall.

So, here’s how I feel about those three little words ‘I know love …’

They’re scary. Scary as the blank page required to complete the sentence. Like the blank page, love appears to be a vast, empty terrain. The void. The unknown.

But those three little words are also beautiful. They’re beautiful because it means I’ve had to erase everything from past heartbreak to start fresh and clear in a vast, uncluttered terrain full of possibility.

So, I’ll tell you what then. I’m not going to finish that sentence because I can’t. I’m going to leave that sentence open, just like my heart.

Maria de los Angeles is a Miami-based freelance wordsmith. She writes for Miami New Times, Miami Beach 411, her own blog Sex and the Beach and a variety of other outlets.  Learn more at Wily Wordsmith. Her last essay for the Tiki Tiki was Tamal y Consuela.

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