I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
~SONNET XVII by Pablo Neruda
This red leather journal was inspired by this beautiful poem by Pablo Neruda. Many of my customers wanted this poem written in calligraphy so I decided to finally make a journal inspired by it. The leather I used for the cover is high quality Italian leather, so utterly delightful, soft and gorgeous. The other side of the leather is left natural and uncovered.
On the first page, this beautiful quote is printed in black. The detailed drawing on the cover is hand painted, line by line, so this journal is one of a kind.
The closing system is made from a leather ribbon that wraps around the journal to keep it tight.
It has 280 pages (counting both sides), hand torn parchment paper, suitable for writing your thoughts. The paper has a lovely mottled look resembling old parchment.
This red leather journal is bound with the longstitch technique using strong thread.
You could offer this red leather journal as a gift to the person you love.
Its size is 4.6 x 6.5 in (12×17 cm)
Free monogramming with up to three letters on the cover – for this red leather journal, the monogramming will be made on the inside cover (the third cover, which is underneath the top front cover, as the journal is like a threefold. The monogram will only be visible when you open the journal)