Cyrano de Bergerac Offers Some Pertinent Words for Valentine’s Day

by Kevin Delaney

Cyrano de Bergerac silhouette“And what is a kiss, when all is done?
A promise given under a seal — a vow
Taken before the shrine of memory
A signature acknowledged — a rosy dot
Over the i of Loving — a secret whispered
To listening lips apart — a moment made
Immortal, with a rush of wings unseen —
A sacrament of blossoms, a new song
Sung by two hearts to an old simple tune —
The ring of one horizon around two souls
Together, all alone!”

(from the Brian Hooker translation)

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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