Fourteen Words on the 14th  

intierzha 45M
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2/14/2006 12:51 am

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Fourteen Words on the 14th

'We know... the true secrets, the important things. Fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever. Seven words to make them go without pain, or to say goodbye to a friend who is dying. How to be poor, how to be rich, how to rediscover dreams the world has stolen from you.' -- Elric, Babylon 5

I've never been much of a fan of Valentines Day, except when I was a kid and got all sorts of candy and the like. It was basically an early Easter for me. When I was married, Valentine's was not so important to us, but we celebrated it nonetheless, more because it was expected than anything. I always surprised her with gifts at random moments, so doing that on a day which was expected seemed, to my sensibilities, odd. Plus, my roomates at the time were none to thrilled with the holiday, sooo... I did not see the point. In many ways, I still don't. Except for when I think of the above quote from all things, a sci fi series (one of the best of all time, mind you), Babylon 5. In particular, I was always intrigued by the 'Fourteen Words to make someone fall in love with you forever'. As a poet, words like that are our holy grail, or our worst nightmare. Hard to tell at times. I also was fond of the last lines, 'how to recover dreams the world has stolen from you.' Just had something we hopeless romantics could understand. In that sense, I identified with the writer and the character, could understand the point of view... hoping words like those could be a reality. The realist in me dismissed them of course, knowing full well life's utter certainty.

In my quest for understanding, I have found solace in words like the above quote, and many others. I suppose I file them away and try and construct, albeit naively, those fourteen words... among other things. In the strangeness of my life, I do wonder if I will ever hear them, or speak them. The realist (and the part of me that should not take sci fi so seriously, lol) in me does not really think so. As for the romantic in me... well, Captain Sheridan says it best at the end of the episode: '... the part of me that still believes in magic does.'

I hope we all find what we are looking for... now that would be magic.


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