Varieties of angels, like varieties of love, are many. It is therefore not too surprising that the angelic imagery utilized to help celebrate Valentine’s Day tends to range from innocent blushing cherubs to winged beauties swagged out in erotic creations worthy of placement in a Victoria’s Secret catalog.
Valentine’s Day itself, like most holidays in the modern era, has been heavily influenced by commercialism that focuses on the appeal of romantic fantasies. The effective marketing of Valentine fantasy movies such as Winter’s Tale (with Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly, and Jessica Brown Findlay); and the film Endless Love (with Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer) support that observation. Movies can provide tear-inducing or comically-entertaining representations of love but many agree that its deeper conflicting complexities often seem unfathomable. That is largely because different human hearts often interpret their experiences of love in different ways.
Classic and the Modern Notions
Classic romantic love is an emotional attraction between two individuals in which they may share a heightened awareness of mutual adoration. Erotic love, traditionally, has been described as shared sexual attraction. However, at least two modern concepts have prompted forums in which participants rethink and redefine the nature of erotic interaction. One is sapiosexual, which denotes such interaction is based on attraction to an individual’s intellect. The other is demisexual, wherein interaction is desirable only after an emotional or spiritual bond has been established to one degree or another.
Agape love is commitment to humankind based on principles of fraternal and filial affection. Divine Love may be described as the dynamics of delight which the Creator and the Created take in recognition of transcendent eternal beauty, grace, and power representative of each other and present in all things.
The poem “Angel of Valentine Days and Nights,” from the book The River of Winged Dreams, is one in which an attempt is made to present different aspects of the aforementioned deeper complexities. The different stanzas propose to illustrate different manifestations, aspects, and concepts of love. Some of the haiku-influenced stanzas have become popular as individual quotes. The actual quotation from author and spiritual philosopher Marianne Williamson at the very beginning of the poem should be taken as a definitive clue to the poem’s original meaning and designated purpose.
Angel of Valentine Days and Nights
(from The River of Winged Dreams)
“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” –Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
Now come the whispers
bearing bouquets of moonbeams
and sunlight tremblings.
Un-winged and naked,
sorrow surrenders its crown
to a throne called grace.
Two minds buried deep
in torment, lift up their heads
toward hills of faith.
In an age of bombs
guzzling blood, skylarks merge peace
with thought and action.
Songbirds of the grave
arise to the pulse and glow
of a new lyric.
Two frostbitten hearts
melt the ice binding their touch—
trust in life again.
and sensual flame brew sweet
One wing of midnight
and another of shy dawn
soar through twilight daze.
Two rivers splash joy
in burning communion with
their private delight.
The power to fly
crackles wild inside twin needs
to welcome love home.
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