Love reckons by itself—alone—
“As large as I”—relate the Sun
To One who never felt it blaze—
Itself is all the like it has—
by Emily Dickinson
LOVE AND ITS MANY GUISES
What does reckon mean? Reckon is to calculate,to accept something as certain, place reliance.
What does love mean? Love is many things. The sun says immense.
Love reckons by itself. It seems ackward to say love can calculate itself. Can it mean love can measure itself? And the Sun answers, as large as I. The sun is exhaustible, almost eternal though we know it’s finite. That’s what love is,ED says.
Love is hard to describe accurately. But those who had been in love and experienced it, felt what it is. Even them are lost for words to describe. The first line is almost asking the question: Have you ever been in love? Itself is the like it has. It seems to say: there is nothing like it.It has to be experienced. Does it mean that ED is describing what she had experienced? Or ED is saying: I’m in love.To be in love is to be ablazed, on fire, like the sun. Love is undescribable and consuming.
Why alone? Because love is sufficient by itself and doesn’t need any descriptions. It will only be all the like.
What about those who had never been in love, the One who never felt it blaze.?They can only observe those who are in love but it is only a reflection of what is experienced. One can only say love is like…?
An article in the Guardian,UK of What Is Love:Love
says what love is:
A theoritical physicist says “love is basically chemistry” citing released of different brain chemicals.
A psychotherapist says “love has many guises” and she cited the different types of love.
A philosopher says “love is a passionate commitment.”
A writer says what love does: “Love drives all great stories.”
Sr. Catherine, a Benedictine nun says what love does: “Love is free yet binds us.” She says we encouter “love: in the life of another – in acts of kindness, generosity and self-sacrifice.Love is life’s greatest blessing.”
ED seems to say love is all these things and more.
Or is this love one of the POSSIBILITIES from the House of Possibility? To write poetry or prose or simply write is like being in love. One becomes attentive, starts to listen, becomes caring. One who is in love notices what’s happening around, words become a song, stories heard become treasures. A writer cherishes small moments. To be in love is to be patient, sensitive, passionate.A writer when ablazed with her works, works alone, alone with her muse.
“Love has many guises”.