She explains that she does not know where to begin - there is too much, experienced and shared: love, longing, joy, laughter, safety, support, tenderness, sorrow, grief, loss, anger, frustration, tears, patience, forgiveness, acceptance, faithfulness, devotion. Some mundane, some unique. Over twenty years of human growth, both separately and together. There is no way to encapsulate it all within a few spoken words.
I asked Herself for a suitable quotation regarding her Beloved, and she first provided the following:
Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship… only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. "Light! Give me light!" was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour. – Helen Keller
“Is that too long?” she asked. “If it is, you can use this one instead.”
This is my beloved and this is my friend. – Song of Solomon