what does love mean to your heart?

if you could pause and speak to your heart, 
how might you respond to 

"what does love mean to you?"

beyond the fluttering of your heart, beyond the butterflies and rainbows, what does love truly mean?

A Black woman laying on the sand with her eyes closed

Lebanese-American poet, Kahlil Gibran once said

"For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
so shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth"

A close up shot of a Black woman laying on the sand with her eyes closed

in my experience, love is a balance of 
brokenness and aliveness
neither is greater than the other

and to truly experience love
is to hold both in the crevice of your heart

A Black woman holding sand in both of her hands as they slowly slip through her fingers

Green plants on the beach

A Black woman looking at the camera with both palms facing upward

Creative Director: Valerie Weyland
Photographer: Valerie Weyland
Model : Mandera Sana
Ethical hair extensions: Water Wave

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