9.3.2022 – while I am I, and

while I am I, and
you are you, so long as the
world contains us both

Adapted from Life in a Love by Robert Browning.

Hard to forget that the first time I asked my future wife on a date she was at a loss for the many words and ways someone can say drop dead.

Well, in a nice way though.

Her lips couldn’t mouth the sounds but the words were there and her eyes said read my lips.

It is but to keep the nerves at strain,

Dried my eyes and laugh at a fall.

And, baffled, get up and begin again.

So the chase took up my life, that’s all.

Here is the complete poem from Mr. Browning.

Escape me?
Never –
Beloved!
While I am I, and you are you,
So long as the world contains us both,
Me the loving and you the loth,
While the one eludes, must the other pursue.
My life is a fault at last, I fear:
It seems too much like a fate, indeed!
Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed.
But what if I fail of my purpose here?
It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall,
And, baffled, get up and begin again,—
So the chase takes up one’s life, that’s all.
While, look but once from your farthest bound
At me so deep in the dust and dark,
No sooner the old hope goes to ground
Than a new one, straight to the self-same mark,
I shape me –
Ever
Removed!

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