Quote/poem/sentiment tying love and stars, and maybe birthdays?
October 26, 2015 7:33 AM   Subscribe

I'm making my boyfriend a map of the stars for his birthday. I want a quote that ties all these concepts together.

I'm making a map of the stars/constellations on the day my boyfriend was born, for his birthday. I think it would be nice to have a quote of some sort underneath it that references stars/night sky/constellations/concept of space and talks about love. I'd like the basic sentiment to be something like "I'm so glad you were born," but I don't want to be too specific because I am open to anything that feels right.

Any ideas/suggestions?

posted by ohsnapdragon to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: “Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: - you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
― e.e. cummings
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:37 AM on October 26, 2015 [5 favorites]

"On the day that you were born the angels got together / and decided to create a dream come true / so they sprinkled gold dust in your hair and golden starlight in your eyes of blue." With bonus 70s schmaltz!
posted by headnsouth at 8:02 AM on October 26, 2015

From Shakespeare's sonnet 116:
Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
posted by Jeanne at 9:00 AM on October 26, 2015

WB Yeats, "The Wind Among the Reeds, " 36. Aedh wishes for the Cloths of Heaven:
HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:53 AM on October 26, 2015 [3 favorites]

John Lennon's "Woman" came to mind:

Woman I know you understand
The little child inside of the man
Please remember my life is in your hands
And woman hold me close to your heart
However distant don't keep us apart
After all it is written in the stars

posted by jbickers at 2:57 AM on October 27, 2015

From Examples of Created Systems, by William Meredith:

i. the stars
We look at them on clear nights, thrilled
rather than discomforted-brilliance and
distance put us in mind of our
own burnings and losses. And then who
flung them there, in a sowing motion
suggesting that random is beautiful?
iv. those we love
Incorrigibly (it is our nature)
when we look at a map we look for
the towns and valleys and waterways
where loved people constellate, some of
them from our blood, some from our own loins.
This fair scattering of matter is
all we will know of creation, at
first hand. We flung it there, in a learned
gesture of sowing-random, lovely.
posted by facehugger at 9:57 PM on October 29, 2015

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