Possession - A Romance by A.S. Byatt"...there is enough evidence in human history of topless towers set on fire for a passionate whim - or poor souls enslaved by loveless unions imposed by parental will and the dictates of lineage - or friends slaying each other - Eros is a bad and fickle little godhead..."
Does the ruffled Silken Flyer
Pause to recall how She - began -
Her soft cramped crawling Origins-
In all his puffed and sparkling Glory
Cast back a Thought
To the Speck of Flesh the Story
Began with, from Naught?
But both, in their Creator's terrible keen sight
Lay curled and known through timeless Day and Night
He Form and Life at once and always-Gave
Is still their Animator and their Grave-"
" 'A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours,' I wrote. 'Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.' "