How shall I hold my soul
to not intrude upon yours? How shall I
lift it beyond you to other things?
I would gladly lodge it
with lost objects in the dark,
in some far still place
that does not tremble when you tremble.
But all that touches us, you and me,
plays us together, like the bow of a violin
that from two strings draws forth one voice.
On what instrument are we strung?
What musician is playing us?
Oh sweet song.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Piero della Francesca, Federico da Montefeltro with his wife Battista Sforza, 1472, The Uffizzi Gallery, Florence
Paris Bordone, The Couple, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Frida Kahlo, Frida and Diego Rivera, 1931, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Toulouse-Lautrec, The Bed, 1920s, Musee d’Orsay, Paris
Roy Lichtenstein, The Kiss, 1962, David Geffen Collection, Los Angeles