I spent a very lovely Sunday afternoon with E+B. We walked around Newburyport, took some pictures, chatted about this and that, and had iced tea (and diet coke) and a delicious assortment of appetizers together at a lovely local restaurant. Looking through the lens, I saw them chatting and listening and smiling and hugging and laughing and sometimes wordlessly gazing (sigh…). The love they share was visible and sometimes buzzed with energy. Add to this the fact that they were doing all of this so comfortably during a portrait session in the middle of the afternoon in a very busy Newburyport — it was clear to see that this couple has the keen ability to be in their very own world surrounded by a sea of people. And, let me tell you, I think it’s a very nice world they inhabit together. 🙂
As I was driving home I thought about a poem by Robert Frost called The Master Speed, which I think describes this world beautifully. My husband and I had a nice moment many years ago when someone who had been observing us across a room approached us and recommended that we read The Master Speed. She thought it described us, and now I can say I think it describes E+B as well. I can easily say that.
Here’s to The Master Speed, and may both newlyweds and long-in-the-tooth life partners experience it as often as possible.
THE MASTER SPEED
No speed of wind or water rushing by
But you have speed far greater. You can climb
Back up a stream of radiance to the sky,
And back through history up the stream of time.
And you were given this swiftness, not for haste,
Nor chiefly that you may go where you will,
But in the rush of everything to waste,
That you may have the power of standing still —
Off any still or moving thing you say.
Two such as you with master speed
Cannot be parted nor be swept away
From one another once you are agreed
That life is only life forevermore
Together wing to wing and oar to oar.
~ Robert Frost