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.
Recently Banned Literature, June 11, 2012
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