Love’s Myths Musings

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A friend and I were talking about love and romance. About hope and inevitability. About heartbreak and poetry. And then this morning, someone else’s words appear like magical agreement…

“But sadness is also beautiful, maybe because it rings so true and goes so deep, because it is about the distances in our lives, the things we lose, the abyss between what the lover and the beloved want and imagine and understand that may widen to become unbridgeable at any moment, the distance between the hope at the outset and the eventual outcome, the journeys we have to travel, including the last one out of being and on past becoming into the unimaginable: the moth flown into the pure dark. Or the flame.”

– Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby


IMAGE: Cupid Carrying Psyche Up to Heaven – Maurice Denis, 1908. Maurice Denis was a French painter and writer, and a member of the Symbolist and Les Nabis movements. His theories contributed to the foundations of cubism, fauvism, and abstract art.


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