A Love Supreme: And Where Can I Find It?

Keka Araújo
2 min readApr 4, 2019

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A love supreme and finding it has been on my mind and in my heart as of late.

To be honest, it’s been on my mind a lot.

My “lil sis,” after going through the valley of heartbreak, appears to have found a newly restored passion for life and it’s because of love. And I’m ecstatic for her. Hearing the schoolgirl giddiness in her voice when we talk about him and seeing friends enjoy the bliss of marriage makes my heart smile.

And despite what has happened in my own marriage, I am hopeful. In fact, I’m looking forward to having my own “Love Supreme.” And it’s not because I need my identity tied to a man.

Naw. It’s something exponentially more. Something we all crave in the most profound parts of our spirits.

A love supreme.

We, often, hear about the messier side of love albeit through rappers and their wives/ significant or our homegirls. We have come to expect Cardi B and Offset drama in relationships. Girl loves boy. Boy doesn’t love her back in the way that she craves.

In the way that she needs.

Hell, even Jay Z’s grown, old ass had to figure out how to love Beyonce better and we anticipated with bated breath if he would get it or not.

And it’s not to say that couples don’t have their highs and lows. But having a mutual love and respect for one another is what gets them through the not so good times.

John Coltrane recorded A Love Supreme in December of 1964 and released it the following year. It was a spiritual declaration that his musical devotion intertwined with his new found faith in God. In many ways, the album mirrored Coltrane’s spiritual quest which grew out of his personal struggles in life.

And there– is where love hopefully evolves into a place of unbridled contentment in yourself and your significant other. Having enough faith to know that whatever happened in the past does not diminish your right to be exquisitely and genuinely loved by someone.

To have your heart tickled each day like fingers on a piano while improvising love’s melody.

Yaaaaaas to a love supreme and finding the opportunity to fall in love slowly and deeply. Taking your time to enjoy the journey instead of rushing to the destination while he is “the blues in your left thigh, trying to become the funk in your right.”

Originally published at negrawithtumbao.com on April 4, 2019.

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Keka Araújo

Opinionated, bilingual diasporan activist. Editor-In-Chief at Negra With Tumbao and Senior Editor at MADAMENOIRE. Opinions are mine!.