Very Heavy Heart

 I remember…
…how you  knew all those ways off the beaten path to get around town with your “super secret shortcuts”.

Tsarina Alexandra to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia December 30, 1915
Off you go again alone and it’s with a very heavy heart I part from you. No more kisses and tender caresses for ever so long — I want to bury myself in you, hold you tight in my arms, make you feel the intense love of mine.

Love… Directs Your Course

I remember…
…you were the first woman I was ever at ease with doing most of the driving when we were out.  I trusted you… 

“Love” by Kahlil Gibran (from “The Prophet”)
When you love you should not say,
“God is in my heart”, but rather,
“I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love,
For love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

My Heart Flown Open

I remember….
…sharing a Coke and popcorn at the movie theatre and then holding hands while we watched the movie.

From “A Year From Wednesday© by James Browning
 …My heart had been slowly closing to the world for over a decade and I thought had been slammed shut and locked tight for the rest of time.  Then out  of nowhere you appeared and without even trying the doors of my heart have flown open.  Be kind dear one as now I can be hurt so easily while this exposed and open to you…

Before I Saw Your Face

I remember…
…just before we went to sleep, you’d put your arm around me and hold me against you. That was the safest I have ever felt.

From “The Years” by Sara Teasdale
Tonight I close my eyes and see
A strange procession passing me-
The years before I saw you face
Go by me with wishful grace
They pass, the sensitive shy years,
As one who strives to dance, half blind with tears

One Heart and One Life

I remember…
…you and I singing horribly off-key the first five lines of “You Are My Sunshine” together.  You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray, you’ll never know dear how much I love you, so please don’t take my sunshine away. 

Elizabeth Barrett to Robert Browning August 26, 1846  
“…How I wish for two hearts to love you with, and two lives to give to you, and two souls to bear the weight worthily of all you have given to me.  But if one heart and one life will do… they are yours… I can not give them again…”