I recently had the chance to reach Simon Fitzmaurice's moving autobiography "It's Not Yet Dark." In that book he talks about his diagnosis and decision to live with ALS. It is moving, inspiring and at times difficulty to read.
It resonates deeply with me because in some ways it is an argument for "life." I learn that we cannot always "chose life" because of illness or accident. What Fitzmaurice does for me though is reaffirm what I have come to learn through my journey with Susan and the process of exploration of life and love through performance and writing about The Actual Dance. I have come to understand that the purpose of life is love.
Simon Fitzmaurice says in his book that life's opposite is not death. It is love. And I think I understand this thought. It is expressed in two poems and a song. So in celebration of our 51st anniversary I offer all three elements for your consideration: The new poem: The Opposite. The Old Poem: US and the based on US.
I once thought Death Was Dark
And life was Light
What did I know for I had not yet Died
I since have learnt
What Love Means
And Now I know It’s Opposite
Life exists within each of us as a form of the Divine.
A tangible essence of who we are.
Love is when our essence became entwined.
Each an equal half of the other.
"I love you" simply awakens the US in you and me.