My darling. Very many kisses, up in that aerie of which I have very many happy memories, none of which unfortunately, involving making love with anyone, let alone with you. But I will be there with you in some fashion, darling, thinking of you, hovering like a benevolent spirit with sweet-breathed kisses, loving you.***
This morning outside the windows a gentle rain patters in the garden, sounding through the hazy gray and green. I settle back against the bedclothes, eyes closed, and conjure elaborate ravishing visions of you dearest Minotaur, fully wakened.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Girl Seated by Sleeping Minotaur, 18 May 1933, etching
Bruce Weber (b. 1946), On Top of the Porsche, Lisamarie and John, Santa Barbara, 1989, gelatin silver print
Les plaisirs de la campagne, tapestry, 16th century, Musée national de la Renaissance d’Écouen