For generations love letters had been the main source of communication for soldiers to their wives and girlfriends. Their loved ones would write back giving a soldier hope for the future and no doubt increase their strength, courage and overall morale.
Love letters have been treasured and written for centuries. Over the years the style of writing may have changed but their basic essence will always remain the same and that is to communicate the raw and true emotion of human devotion.
However, modern technology has led to a decline in the traditional writing of love letters. Instead of the art of writing by hand, you can now email loving sentiments, instant message them, tweet them and fax them but there is still nothing like receiving a conventional hand crafted letter by traditional post especially when sent overnight to a lover.
Written love letters are still and will always remain the most paradigmatic expression of love and heartfelt emotions expressed. Pure thoughts confessed by ink to paper. Confessions in ink that leaves a stain on our hearts even when the paper has long gone and withered away.
The earliest recording of the love letter dates as far back as the book of Solomon in the bible. One of the finest love art written about the love, adoration and attraction towards his woman is found in “Song of Solomon chapter 4.”
1 Behold, you are beautiful, my love,
behold, you are beautiful!
Your eyes are doves
behind your veil.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
leaping down the slopes of Gilead.
2 Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes
that have come up from the washing,
all of which bear twins,
and not one among them has lost its young.
3 Your lips are like a scarlet thread,
and your mouth is lovely.
Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.
4 Your neck is like the tower of David,
built in rows of stone;
on it hang a thousand shields,
all of them shields of warriors.
5 Your two breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle,
that graze among the lilies.
6 Until the day breathes
and the shadows flee,
I will go away to the mountain of myrrh
and the hill of frankincense.
7 You are altogether beautiful, my love;
there is no flaw in you.
8 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride;
come with me from Lebanon.
Depart[b] from the peak of Amana,
from the peak of Senir and Hermon,
from the dens of lions,
from the mountains of leopards.
9 You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride;
you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.
10 How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much better is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!
11 Your lips drip nectar, my bride;
honey and milk are under your tongue;
the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
12 A garden locked is my sister, my bride,
a spring locked, a fountain sealed.
13 Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates
with all choicest fruits,
henna with nard,
14 nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,
with all trees of frankincense,
myrrh and aloes,
with all choice spices—
15 a garden fountain, a well of living water,
and flowing streams from Lebanon.
16 Awake, O north wind,
and come, O south wind!
Blow upon my garden,
let its spices flow.
Now is that letter writing at best or what? There is absolutely not one woman or man on earth that would not writtenly want to be adored like that.
In closing, on this wonderful Tuesday’s Love Jones edition…do something different and write a short letter to the person you love today. Go all out and put you heartstrings to ink proclaiming your love.