I am me. Could I be we?
Walt Whitman knew a thing or two about relationship. His poems often sang with love, and although many words passed through his fingers, my favourite ones are these:
We were together. I forget the rest
To create a girl or boy, you need a partner. All the solitary wishing on your part won’t bring forth a new life. It takes two. And to create the most exquisite spirals of consciousness, I also don’t think one is enough. We are meant to unfold each other into realms unknown. The whole thus revealed is way beyond the sum of the two parts.
Last night, I had a dream
We were inseparably entwined
Like a piece of rope made out of two pieces of vine
Held together, holding each other
With no one else in mind
Like two atoms in a molecule
So true. May we entwine each other. May ribbons of light float between our eyes. May we see the beauty. I sat quietly tonight and waited for the majesty of communion to emerge in a song. What a marvelous thing – this brain – for the title came to me: Old French Lane. From somewhere in my past, a very long time ago.
“Yes … this is what I want to share with my WordPress friends.” But Google was silent on the matter. YouTube was no help. And I abided, feeling into the way home.
“Bruce, you wrote about Old French Lane years ago in your blog. Search.” And so I did. And so it is here.
Seven jewels lie in the channel
South of England’s shores
Where you and I once walked together
Where I’ll walk no more
Hand in hand we would go
In the sun and in the rain
Through the streets of St. Helier
Down the Old French Lane
With Jersey sunshine falling on your hair
Shines in strands of red and gold
And eyes of green like the emerald sheen
Of your ancestral home
That was so long ago
Red and gold turn silver now
But eyes of green will never change
In my memory somehow