This quote from the Song of Solomon or Song of Songs came to my attention casually this past Friday night, Shabbat, when I went to services in Indianapolis during a visit with my sister. It is a familiar refrain, properly quoted in the possessive "I am my beloved's". You might note the slight "edit" I have made to the text. I dropped the possessive so that it reads as a statement that my love or beloved and I are ONE -- "I am my beloved and my beloved is me."
In the play, written in 2012, there is a scene in which I proclaim: "I am the other half of that which makes Susan and me complete. When else in our lives is it more important to be whole than when our body is badly broken." Reading the quote this week-end I was struck by the similarity in the ideas. "We possess each other" arguably -- or so I would maintain -- is no different that "each and equal half of the other." Which is the line from the poem US which I wrote also based on the play.
When love matures in two people they become spiritually one. Or so I have come to believe. Our "essence" -- the spirit of the divine that inhabits each of us -- has intertwined.
What do you think? What is the core of your love? How do you experience it?