The following poem is about true love, a love that is both complete and all consuming, a love that those who know of it must surely be blessed. It is therefore not about a specific woman but is from my own experience, the words are how I describe this wonder.
The first verse is I feel self-explanatory. The following two verses I would like to explain for anyone who may be interested. The second verse is about how lovers become totally absorbed by the emotional, psychological and physical union they find themselves in, to the point that the rest of the world is superfluous. It is a solitude of utter peace and contentment, a comfort, a completeness that comes from knowing all about a person and accepting them in their entirety.
The second verse conveys the randomness, the chance, the confluence of paths and that sudden moment that all lead to such a relationship. And the last two lines describe how we in some sense become as children again, brimming with life and optimism, when any future seems possible.
The music is Puccini’s aria ‘E lucevan le Stelle’ from the opera Tosca.
The literal translation by Wiki of this song, sung in the background of the video, conveys well the sentiment of the original Italian.
And the stars were shining,
And the earth was scented.
The gate of the garden creaked
And a footstep grazed the sand…
Fragrant, she entered
And fell into my arms.
May need to be allowed to buffer or be played though twice if it stutters or hangs.
About a woman
Her presence is to me as breath,
not laboured or short, but as easy
as that found by the shore,
within air seasoned by salt and
warmed by fingers of sunlight
drum-rolling softly on the
rise and fall of seas.
And she is solitude,
not imposed, but that sought in
other places that you seem to know
already, that let you be with all
the parts of you at once in a peace
that is as perfect as the curl of
of an infant’s hand around your finger.
I know this as our eyes
lock and hold just for the time it takes
to breathe ,removing the illusion of past,
of a penny dropped setting
cogs and wheels in motion
returning childhoods with their
longing for futures.