This sanguinity of love, however, reminds me of sacrifice: To risk my whole self for the sake of the one who may capture my heart. It is welcome and despite some nay-saying, it is anticipated with great optimism. For to know her will grant me a sense of completion; an enclosure around the spinning motions of my life as I've tried to prepare to be the man she wants, she needs, and she hopes for. I will be that man.
I have to be.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed.
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
--William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, by Antonio Canova (1757-1822), is the gorgeous and elegant sculpture of Psyche being brought back to life with a kiss from Cupid. Very well known for his remarkable works, Canova creates a graceful and delicate piece which features a moment of love and tenderness that is difficult to capture in this form. Psyche portrayed as a weakened but beautiful woman shows no signs of distress from her recent demise, but is enraptured in the moment as she brings her arms up and around Cupid's head. Likewise, Cupid is portrayed as gentle but athletic as he carefully and ably lifts Psyche from her eternal slumber, doing so with grace and passion. The lines and motion are phenomenal and it is no wonder this is one of the most beloved sculptures in the world.
Studying this sculpture brings me a sense of peace and hope. It would be silly to fantasize about a moment in time with a woman that would mirror this moment, but in my heart, I feel it is absolutely relevant and will be experienced in spirit. Struggles, disagreements, physical ailments, all such maladies will be met by me with heroic attention. It's the gentlemanly thing to do. And yet, this piece also suggests the need for practice which is all too often missing in far too many individuals. Apathy and selfishness misdirect emotions and moralistic tendencies such that love has become a disposable engagement rather than a cherished enhancement to one's life.
Oh yes, Spring is coming and with it, I foresee the chance to love and be loved. It's been the same these past many Spring seasons but giving up is not an option. I was not raised to be that way and it would be a dishonor to my mother. Some quip that chivalry is dead; I am here to tell you: No it is not!