Monday, June 11, 2012

Fragile


You’re familiar, of course, with the tissue guards that grace the title pages and illustrations in many old books. Like veils on faces and mists in the grove, they protect what is tender and innermost more surely than any fence or wall, or lock and key. If we are to know anything, or anyone, we must understand the connection between hearts and fingertips. Love thrives by its very weightlessness. A kiss outlives the lips it seeks. It would not be thus, if you, and I, were not so fragile.


22 comments:

Anthony Duce said...

Enjoy your writing so much.. how often we forget how fragile we are.

William Michaelian said...

Yes. Thanks very much, Anthony.

manik sharma said...

Will,
"A kiss outlives the lips it seeks"..This was enchanting..thank you

rahina q.h. said...

i haven't been here for a long time so perhaps that is why the words touched me .... or perhaps i hadn't fed that part of my soul.... thank you William :)

mettagirl said...

"A kiss outlives the lips it seeks" .... is, of course, as you are surely well aware, the first line from the author of the, "Unwritten Sonnet".

smile.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

moving, true and delicate how you said this, i like so much this wrote of you

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Manik.

Whatever the reason, Rahina, whatever the cause, I’m glad. Thank you.

Well, Ma-Li, we all have to start somewhere.

Laura, thank you.

Gigi Little said...

"If we are to know anything, or anyone, we must understand the connection between hearts and fingertips."

Oh wow.

-K- said...

Now lets see if I can keep it in mind throughout the day.

Two Tigers said...

Beautiful words, William. Fragile we are, and what protects us is equally fragile, but there is strength in numbers, the way all those thin sheets bound together into a book can't be torn, and every reading of this post by every one of your followers creates a connection invisible and unbreakable.

William Michaelian said...

Hi, Gigi. Thank you.

Kevin, at least you still have a mind. That puts you at least one step ahead of me.

Gabriella, just the other day, I was thinking about that very connection. Not mine, specifically, but ours in general. The exchange of words and images, and words in and as images, seems such a sacred thing, interwoven and held together by — what, exactly? dreams, common experience, imagination, a desire to know and to feel as another feels. And I began to wonder, probably because I’ve been so quiet here for the past few months, if that connection really is so strong that it can thrive and survive without the reinforcement of new words, new images. Well, about this time, when I realized I’d been staring out the window for twenty minutes, I returned to the battered old book I was reading, only to find that it had been reading me. It’s one-word answer: Yes. To everything. Thank you for thoughtful, gracious comment.

Transcend Designs said...

Wow...

Beautiful William...

: )

William Michaelian said...

Great to hear from you, Brad. Thank you.

Momo Luna said...

Very beautiful indeed,
Wondering about Blogger connections, if they are really strong and surviving. I think so William. Because my close blogger friends, even when i am silent lately, have left their marks and echoes in my heart and some echoes are so strong that they will survive for sure.
As i am walking in the rain, like today, feeling happy, i always think of you William, rainlover too. And as i see freshly fallen snow, no prints yet i always will remember your poem, thinking of you. This i also have with some other close blogfriends. :-)
A hug for you.

William Michaelian said...

Momo Luna, I marvel at these friendships that exist only between minds, without the benefit of touch. And yet so much of touch is mental, and so much of the mind is physical — and of course, the mind is physical as well, harbored as it is in our bodies. And so in the end there are no boundaries. Thank you, as always.

táne-mar said...

thank you, William.
such a beautiful entry!

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Tanya!

Stickup Artist said...

"Love thrives by its very weightlessness." I took that so to heart... There is so much truth in that.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks very much, Stickup Artist.

Aleksandra said...

: )

erin said...

all things valuable rest upon the most shuddering footings))

(here you are!)

xo
erin

William Michaelian said...

Now you see us, now you don’t....