On Hearts…

September 19, 2008

I've been especially introspective these last few days.  Lovelorn and mopey.  Here are my two most favorite quotes on the human heart.

So much held in a heart in a lifetime.  So much held in a heart in a day, an hour, a moment.  We are utterly open with no one, in the end – not mother and father, not wife or husband, not lover, not child, not friend.  We open windows to each but we live alone in the house of the heart.  Perhaps we must.  Perhaps we could not bear to be so naked, for fear of a constantly harrowed heart.  When young we think there will come one person who will savor and sustain always; when we are older we know this is the dream of a child, that all hearts finally are bruised and scarred, scored and torn, repaired by time and will, patched by force of character, yet fragile and rickety forevermore, no matter how ferocious the defense and how many bricks you bring to the wall.  You can brick up your heart stout and tight and hard and cold and impregnable as you possibly can and down it comes in an instant, felled by a woman's second glance, a child's apple breath, the shatter of glass in the road, the words "I have something to tell you," a cat with a broken spine dragging itself into the forest to die, the brush of your mother's papery ancient hand in the thicket of your hair, the memory of your father's voice early in the morning echoing from the kitchen where he is making pancakes for his children.

                                                                                       -  Brian Doyle
                                                                                              Joyas Voladoras

The worst stab wound is the one to the heart. Sure, most people
survive it, but the heart is never quite the same. There’s always a
scar, which I guess is meant to remind you that, even for a little while, someone made your heart beat faster. And that’s a scar
you can live with. Proudly.  All days of your life.

                                                                                       – Oz

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