inspired by Aristophan’s eulogy of love, read in Plato’s “Symposium”:
he said, “have you ever wondered why people say they feel whole when they’re in love?” i tried to conjure up every explanation, but no solid or profound reason came to mind.
“when the world had first begun, people had doubled bodies, with faces and limbs turned away from one another. there were three sexes – the all male, the all female, and the androgynous who were half man, half woman. one day these people tried to scale the heights of heaven and planned to ambush the gods. to discipline them, zeus blasted them down and decided to cripple them by chopping them in half, in effect separating the bodies into two.
zeus then commanded apollo to turn half their faces around and pull the skin tight and stitch it up to form the belly button, which he chose not to heal so man would always be reminded of this event. ever since that time, people run around saying that they are looking for their other half because they are really trying to recover their primal nature.”
after hearing that story, i imagine you and i once whole androgynous when we walked the earth in it’s newness, and the moment we thought we could take on gods and scaled the heavens. i imagine my life before you, in it’s incompleteness and restless wandering. and then it all begins to make sense why my now feels complete. why i feel whole, and why it feels as though i’m scaling the heavens and reaching new heights with you. that’s what it’s like to be in love with you. whole and scaling the heaven’s heights. there’s nothing more beautiful this. nothing more beautiful than the fairytale of me and you.